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Man charged in New Jersey hit and run fatality

New Jersey police apprehended a man and charged him with killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident. According to authorities, the man's car jumped the curb and hit the pedestrian. When he attempted to flee, he struck several cars before police caught him. Police reported that the driver had a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, which is higher that the legal limit of .08 percent.

The driver may now face wrongful death charges in addition to driving while intoxicated. He has also been charged with leaving the scene of the hit and run, and he may have to pay damages and compensation to the pedestrian's family. If he is a repeat offender, the driver may face additional penalties and possible jail time.

Unfortunately, fatalities caused by intoxicated drivers are all too common. Even though the legal level of intoxication is lower than it used to be, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's statistics are alarming: nearly 30 fatalities still occur every day due to alcohol related driving accidents. However, in order for a driver to be charged with driving while intoxicated, authorities must have concrete proof via a blood-alcohol screening that he was drunk at the time he was driving.

Families of those who lose their lives or suffer permanent injuries due to accidents caused by drunk driving may feel helpless and confused, particularly when they are grieving. However, it is important to stay in contact with the authorities regarding any subsequent investigations. Depending upon a number of factors, family members may be eligible to seek compensation. If a personal injury attorney reviews the case, he may be able to offer valuable insight and suggest possible solutions that could benefit those affected in the aftermath of drunken driving accidents.

Source: CDC, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts," April 17, 2013

Source: The Jersey Journal, "24-year-old Jersey City man killed during DWI-related hit-and-run, police say," Anthony J. Machcinski, May 11, 2013

Source: http://ridgewood.patch.com/, "NYC man charged in fatal NJ hit & run accident", May 11, 2013

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