When a car accident takes a person's life, the victim's family suffers considerable grief. But imagine the effect of losing three family members in the same accident, especially in a city far away from home. That's what happened to one young woman who was traveling home from New Jersey with her mother, father and brother late last month.
The accident happened as the family of four was driving back to their home in Atlanta after visiting relatives in New Jersey over Christmas. They were in their Toyota Camry on the New Jersey Turnpike around 10 a.m. when traffic suddenly slowed down. Just then a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of their car before then hitting another. The force of the impact killed the parents in the front seat: a 51-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman. Also killed in the crash was a 12-year-old boy and the family dog.
The lone survivor in the car was the couple's 18-year-old daughter, a first-year college student. She was taken to a hospital with only minor injuries. The driver of the truck that hit the Camry was uninjured, as was the driver of another tractor-trailer who nearly missed skidding into the accident scene. No one was injured in the second car that was hit.
Friends and extended family members were crushed by the news and held a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims, who ran a restaurant together in Atlanta. Many talked about what important fixtures they were in Atlanta's Jamaican community. The couple owned a restaurant and there has been some talk of keeping the business going in the family's honor.
The surviving daughter, meanwhile, must face an uncertain future without her immediate family. It's unclear whether she will be able to continue her college studies in the wake of such a tragedy. If she chooses to file a civil lawsuit against the tractor-trailer driver who caused the deaths of her family, she'll need some help -- preferably in the form of a compassionate attorney who knows the pain she's feeling and the difficulty of recovering emotionally and financially from such a devastating event.
Source: DelawareOnline.com, "Crash kills family, closes NJ Turnpike," Dec. 27, 2012
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