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Woman killed in police chase accident in New Jersey

When a police chase leads to a driver speeding recklessly through a town or the city streets, that person becomes dangerous to themselves and others. Police usually call off chases when they near residential areas and busy intersections to prevent accidents like this one, which has the potential for a case against the driver and the police chasing him.

A 22-year-old woman was killed when a New Jersey State Police chase went wrong. According to the news from NJ.com on Sept. 14, the man being chased by police ran a red light and collided with the woman's car. The woman's vehicle was pinned against a telephone pole after the impact. She was pronounced dead at a Trenton hospital.

The preliminary investigation shows that the State Police Crime Suppression Unit had been conducting a narcotics investigation in Trenton when they attempted to pull over a Chevy Trailblazer. The SUV fled from police, and police chased with sirens and lights active. The officers ended the pursuit around Whitehorse Circle, but the driver continued on. It was then that the driver went through the red light and hit the Honda Civic the woman was driving. The man who hit her, a 22-year-old, fled from the scene on foot but was apprehended in possession of heroin. Two others in the vehicle also face drug possession charges.

The 22-year-old man faces several charges including leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and assault by auto, among others. It's not clear if the victim's family will pursue a claim against the driver and police.

Source: NJ.com, "Woman killed after suspect slams into her car following police chase," Cristina Rojas, Sep. 14, 2016

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