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20-year-old held after 2 die in crash.

On Aug. 6, two people lost their lives in a New Jersey accident that also seriously injured three other people. The two men who died at the scene of the crash, 16 and 21, were thrown 60 feet from the car. The other three people were transported to a medical facility, two of them sustaining life-threatening injuries. The driver who allegedly caused the car accident was released from the hospital the same day but was held in custody pending the payment of $50,000 in bail. On Aug. 7, two of the victims, 20 and 21, were still listed in critical condition.

Emergency personnel had to extricate one person from the wreck since both cars were heavily damaged. County personnel will attempt to recreate the accident scene, so they can find out what happened. However, they suspect that the 20-year-old driver of one of the cars was drinking and speeding as he ignored a stop sign.

He faces charges of vehicular homicide and aggravated assault after the wreck. The driver is apparently the son of a local fire chief. Although the town mayor didn't comment on the involvement of the young man, he expressed his condolences to everyone who was affected in the incident.

When someone loses their life in an accident, family members may want to assign responsibility to someone. A personal injury attorney might be able to help clients file a civil lawsuit in order to hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence in the accident.

Source: NJ.com, 'Double-fatal Maplewood car crash fueled by speed and alcohol, prosecutor reveals," James Queally, Aug. 7, 2013

Source: NJ.com, "Two dead, several seriously hurt in two-car crash in Maplewood", James Queally, August 06, 2013

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