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New Jersey fatal car accident apparent suicide

Authorities are investigating an accident that occurred in Edison as an apparent suicide. At about 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 15, a teenage boy took the family car out and struck another vehicle head-on, killing himself and the occupants of the other vehicle. Law enforcement sources estimate that the vehicle had been traveling at a speed of nearly 100 mph before the fatal accident occurred. According to the state Department of Transportation, the speed limit on Route 27 near Stony Road, where the accident occurred, is only 40 mph.

Prosecutors have ruled the fatal crash as a suicide-homicide. According to law enforcement sources, the youth had a suicide note written on his arm; however, it did not indicate why he wanted to end his life. The lack of skid marks at the scene indicated that he did not attempt to brake after driving his southbound vehicle into the northbound lane and into the path of the other vehicle.

The mayor of Edison says that the town remains in shock over the accident. In addition, the young man's classmates are in disbelief and cannot understand why he would choose to take his own life. His former classmates remember him as a fun, creative individual with a bright future.

Wrongful death can be defined as a fatal injury caused by third party negligence. Although the driver in this case was a minor, depending upon the law in New Jersey, the parents of the driver could possibly be liable for the deaths of the two men, both of whom were fathers of three children.

Source: NJ.com, "Sources: Edison teen was driving 100 mph, did not attempt to brake in triple fatal crash", James Queally, October 18, 2013

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