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1 killed in fatal hit-and-run accident in New Jersey

When a driver speeds, gets behind the wheel drunk or hits a victim and doesn't stop, that person should simply not be on the roads. In cases of wrongful deaths, it's not just the victim who suffers. His or her family and friends feel the emotional loss as well as the financial implications of the person's death. That's why so many people seek wrongful death lawsuits against negligent drivers like the one in this story.

A man has been charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed the cousin of Ben Simmons, the number one pick in the National Basketball Association draft in July. He was charged with leaving the scene of the fatal hit-and-run accident. Authorities say he had run several red lights and stop signs before hitting a pedestrian on Willow Avenue and Sixth Street in Hoboken.

The 50-year-old driver was in a black SUV when the accident took place around 3:30 a.m. on June 25. The man driving the SUV reportedly hit the victim straight on as he was crossing the road, dragging him out of view of the traffic camera. It's believed that the driver was traveling at 70 mph or faster at the time of the impact. Cameras at the scene were able to record video of the incident, helping police track down the hit-and-run driver.

The 50-year-old driver had previously been charged with driving under the influence, but was convicted of a lesser offense. Now, he's been charged with leaving the scene of the accident after license plate readers were able to track his vehicle and locate him in nearby Brooklyn.

It has not been reported whether or not the family was ready to take legal action.That could be an option.

Source: NJ.com, "Man charged in hit-and-run that killed NBA player's cousin is extradited from N.Y.," Michaelangelo Conte, The Jersey Journal, July 27, 2016

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