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New Jersey man faces drunk driving charges for fatal wreck

Middlesex authorities report that a 24-year-old man is facing DWI charges after allegedly driving drunk and causing the death of another individual in a crash in Woodbridge on Oct. 19. The man's charges include driving while intoxicated and death by auto.

According to the report, the two-vehicle collision happened near the New Jersey Turnpike's 93.5 mile marker just after 4 a.m. A North Plainfield man, who was driving a southbound 2002 Volkswagen Jetta in the turnpike's truck lanes, rear-ended a semitrailer. A front seat occupant in the Volkswagen, a 25-year-old North Plainfield man, died instantly in the crash. No one else was injured in the accident.

First responders declared the victim dead at the scene at about 4:40 a.m. due to blunt-force trauma. Law enforcement officials detained the Jetta driver, and his bail was set for $250,000.

Car accident victims who were injured by a drunk driver may require extensive medical treatment. In some cases, a victim may need multiple surgeries to recover from their injuries or life-long care if his or her injuries are permanent.

However, in the event a family loses a loved one because of the negligent actions of another motorist, the family may be eligible to pursue damages in a civil court. A personal injury attorney with experience handling wrongful death claims might be able to find evidence from police and reconstructionist reports and witness accounts to substantiate the family's claim. If the court finds that the driver was negligent at the time of the crash, the family of the decedent could possibly be awarded compensation for their accident-related losses.

Source: NJ.com, "Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge", Anthony G. Attrino, October 20, 2014

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