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Man charged in New Jersey pedestrian accident

According to authorities, a man struck and killed a pedestrian on Route 9 in Lacey Township. As a result of the accident, the pedestrian was killed.

The 27-year-old man of Berkeley Township was taken into custody by police and is currently being held on cash bail.

The man has been charged with multiple crimes, including causing death to another while driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash resulting in death, and death by auto.

Ocean County prosecutors said that the accident occurred before midnight when the man, driving a van in the northbound lane, crossed the center line and entered the shoulder of the southbound lane.

At the same time, two men were walking on the southbound shoulder. A 37-year-old man was struck from behind and killed, while the other man, 38 years of age, was barely able to escape injury.

Immediately following the accident, the driver of the van left the scene to visit a nearby restaurant. This is where police found him, later learning that he was wanted on several warrants and was driving on a suspended license.

If you know anything about pedestrian accidents it is that the person or people who are struck are at risk for serious injury or death, due to the size of the vehicle. In the event that a loved one is killed in such an accident, you may be left wondering what to do next. If the driver of the vehicle was negligent in any way, shape, or form, you may be able to receive compensation to cover the cost of the funeral and other expenses.

Source: New Jersey Herald, "Driver charged after van hits, kills pedestrian" Aug. 05, 2014

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