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Woman sentenced after car accident

A New Jersey woman was sentenced to five years in prison after being found to be responsible for an automotive accident. The fatal car crash occurred in January 2013. The woman was sentenced by the Superior Court Judge in Somerville on Aug. 29.

According to authorities, the accident happened on Jan. 16 in Bernards Township along the southbound lane on Martinsville Road. The Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team of the Prosecutor's Office concluded that the woman was in a Mercedes Benz traveling northbound and her car crossed the center line and crashed head-on with a Honda operated by a male driver from Bridgewater in the southbound lane. The Somerset County Communications Center got an emergency call at about 8:40 p.m, and multiple emergency responders reported to the scene of the accident.

The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. His daughter was in the vehicle at the time. She was severely injured and emergency responders transported her to a hospital in Morristown. She stayed at the hospital for several weeks to recover from her injuries. The female driver was also transported to the Morristown hospital, but she was released the same day as the accident. She was charged the following day on a count of second degree vehicular homicide, as well as third degree assault by auto due to the passenger's injuries. She received a sentence of five years to be served in state prison.

Essex County personal injury lawyers may assist the victims of car accidents. When the fatal car accident results in the death of someone, a personal injury attorney may examine the situation. In some cases, it's possible for the family of the deceased to make a wrongful death claim against the person who caused the accident.

Source: The Bernardsville News, "Five-year jail term for fatal car crash", September 20, 2013

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