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Driver faces DWI charges in fatal New Jersey crash

Police charged a 19-year-old driver in connection with a fatal accident that killed three passengers in his vehicle Dec. 12. Authorities said the man fled the accident scene on foot.

New Jersey State Police said the accident happened around 1:09 a.m. in the acceleration lane from Route 1, near mile marker 8.8 on Interstate 95 in Lawrence Township. The Hamilton man was driving a 2001 Volkswagen GTS in the southbound center lane of I-95. He lost control of his car in a curve. His vehicle rotated, exited the main lanes of the interstate, ran over a curb median and entered the acceleration lanes from U.S. Route 1 where it rear-ended a tractor-trailer parked on the right shoulder, according to New Jersey State Police.

Two Hamilton women, aged 18 and 20, died in the crash. EMS transported the front-seat passenger to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. However, the 19-year-old man, of Princeton, had suffered serious head trauma, and he died in the hospital around 4 p.m. the same day. Police charged the driver with multiple counts of death by auto, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. His bail was set at $1 million, according to Mercer County prosecutors.

The families of these three young victims are likely focused on the grieving process and not thinking about taking legal action against those whose negligence caused this accident. However, the families of all three victims are facing funeral and burial expenses, along with hospital expenses for the victim from Princeton. Along with the underage driver, whoever supplied him with alcohol might also be liable. A lawyer could pursue a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for financial damages, as well as for loss of companionship and pain and suffering.

Source: Trentonian, "Driver who fled crash that killed three charged with death by auto," David Foster, Dec. 12, 2013

Source: CBS Philly, "Driver, 19, Charged In I-95 Crash That Killed 3 In New Jersey", December 12, 2013

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