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New Jersey woman sentenced to five years for fatal car accident

After pleading guilty, a 45-year-old woman from Warren Township was sentenced to five years in state prison on Aug. 29 for causing a fatal car crash. The latest guilty plea follows an earlier one for charges of vehicular homicide.

The accident happened on Jan. 16 at about 8:41 p.m. within Bernards Township. According to authorities, her blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when she is said to have caused the fatal accident that killed a 49-year-old Bridgewater man. He died at the accident scene. His daughter, 25, was a passenger in his vehicle was hospitalized for more than two months at the Morristown Medical Center.

The Somerset County prosecutor explained the details of the plea agreement. The woman would have to serve at least four years, two months and one day in state prison before she would be eligible for parole. The judge also ordered her to serve three years of supervised parole after her release. Her driving privileges would be suspended for two years while she was on parole. The judge also sentenced her to serve time for injuring the man's daughter. She would have to serve three years in prison concurrently for an assault by auto charge. She originally faced charges of second degree vehicular homicide and third degree assault by auto. After sentencing, her bail was immediately revoked and she was taken to Edna Mahon Correctional Facility for Women in Hunterdon County.

Individuals who have had family members killed in an auto accident may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the help of an attorney. A personal injury attorney may look at the facts of the case to determine how the driver acted negligently and negotiate a settlement.

Source: Basking Ridge Patch, "Drunken Driver Sentenced to 5 Years for Fatal Crash", Linda Sadlouskos , August 30, 2013

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