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New Jersey man in custody for fatal car accident

The Cape County Prosecutor announced the arrest of a Williamstown, New Jersey man in connection with a Nov. 7, 2012 car accident which resulted in the death of a Lower Township man. The man accused of causing the fatal accident was arrested on July 17, 2013 and charged with second degree vehicular homicide and second degree manslaughter. He was in custody in the Cape May Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail. If he is convicted on these charges, he faces a sentence of between five and 10 years.

On November 7, 2012, police responded to an accident scene on a report of a serious motor vehicle accident. Police discovered a man trapped inside a Ford Taurus. The man was removed from his vehicle and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation into the accident was begun and involved several law enforcement agencies from several jurisdictions. The investigation revealed that the alleged at-fault driver was driving a Dodge Charger in the northbound lane of Route 47. He swerved into the southbound lane and hit the Ford Taurus. Additionally, the investigation alleges that the driver was impaired by narcotics at the time of the accident.

When a person is killed as the result of the careless or negligent behavior of someone else, surviving family members may be entitled to compensation for their loss. A New Jersey personal injury attorney may be able to help. In cases where the negligence is extreme, an attorney may recommend the pursuit of punitive damages. An award of punitive damages may help families gain a sense that justice has been served, giving them a measure of closure.

Source: Cape May County Herald, "Middle Township Police Arrest Williamstown Resident for Fatal Car Accident", July 17, 2013

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