A 45-year-old Mt. Arlington man may have been driving under the influence of drugs when he crashed head-on into another vehicle in Frankford on Dec. 24. New Jersey State Police said they found suspected narcotics in his car.
According to authorities, the man was driving a 2014 Kia on Route 206 in heavy rain at approximately 10:50 a.m. when he veered across the double-yellow line into oncoming traffic, crashing head-on into a 2013 Ford F-150. Both drivers suffered injuries in the crash and were transported to Morristown Medical Center. The driver of the Kia was listed in serious condition. The 32-year-old Sandyston man driving the Ford was said to be in stable condition.
Following the accident, police said they found what is thought to be cocaine in the Kia. Both the alleged cocaine and a toxicology sample from the Kia driver were sent to a lab for testing. The driver could be charged with vehicular assault if the toxicology report determines drugs were in his system at the time of the crash.
Anyone who is injured in a car crash that is caused by an impaired driver may wish to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal options. Toxicology reports and crash reconstruction results could be used to show a driver was liable for the injuries other parties suffered in an accident. A lawyer could help prepare a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver that could result in monetary compensation for the victim that pays for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages during recovery.
Source: The Sparta Independent, "Christmas Eve accident injures two," Nathan Mayberg, Dec. 26, 2014
Source: New Jersey Herald, "Charges pending in Frankford crash", December 26, 2014