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Pedestrian killed in accident with drunken driver in New Jersey

As someone who enjoys walking and biking, you know that there are some inherent risks. If you cross the road, you could be hit. So, you take the time to cross at the crosswalk or to check both ways first to make sure no cars are coming. You can account for all of your own actions and have the best of intentions, but what do you do if a driver is being erratic or reckless on the roads?

In this case out of New Jersey, a 20-year-old man is now facing serious charges after hitting a pedestrian on Feb. 21. The police in Secaucus reported that a 58-year-old man had been walking on County Road at around 3:30 a.m., following a shift at his job at a parcel delivery firm. As he was walking, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle driven by the 20-year-old. He did not survive the accident.

The 20-year-old was charged with drunk driving at first when he was stopped. Following that, the police sergeant reported that the charges had to be upgraded due to the man resisting arrest. He also now faces a charge of death by auto due to the pedestrian man's death. Police reportedly waited to charge him with the extra charges due to an incomplete investigation.

After a crash like this, family members may choose to pursue compensation as a form of justice. It won't resolve the problem or bring back their loved ones, but it can help cover the financial losses associated with someone's death. If you're in this situation, you may want to consider the same.

Source: My 9 NJ, "Charges upgraded after pedestrian struck, killed" Feb. 23, 2015

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