A Dover man was indicted on a charge of vehicular homicide stemming from a pedestrian death, which occurred on Dec. 22, 2012. The 59-year-old struck and killed a 64-year-old man with his vehicle and initially fled the scene, only to return a few minutes later. The pedestrian was standing in the middle of Route 10 West when the vehicle struck him.
The man was not charged in the pedestrian accident at first; however, a subsequent investigation indicated that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time he hit the pedestrian. He continued to drive, but turned around and returned to the scene where a passerby called for help.
Reports indicate that the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.07 percent, which was slightly lower than the legal limit of .08 percent. However, a later report indicated that the driver's blood alcohol content was in the .09 to .14 percent range when the crash occurred. He is being held on $75,000 bail at the Morris County jail until his arraignment.
Pedestrians are vulnerable to motorists because of their lack of protection. While drivers and their passengers are secured by metal, pedestrians are more susceptible to injuries and fatalities. Pedestrians, who were struck by motor vehicles, may need assistance but feel as if they have nowhere to turn. A skilled personal injury attorney might be able to obtain police reports and witness accounts that may be helpful as far as pursuing a civil suit is concerned. An attorney may be able to use their knowledge to negotiate with the courts and the insurance companies in order to arrive at an acceptable resolution in the form of a fair settlement for the victim or their families.
Source: New Jersey News, "Man charged with vehicular homicide in crash that killed pedestrian on Rt. 10", Ben Horowitz, August 15, 2013