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Paroled New Jersey man accused of causing fatal crash

A car collision that occurred on Jan. 27 in New Jersey reportedly left a 23-year-old female passenger dead. Two others, both of whom were driving the vehicles involved in the crash, reportedly suffered injuries that were not considered to be life threatening.

The two vehicles collided at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Route 206 in Shamong. Authorities stated that a Ford pickup truck, which was being driven by a 41-year-old man, hit a Saturn, which was being operated by a 27-year-old woman. The collision caused a female passenger in the Saturn to become trapped inside the vehicle. She was rescued by emergency crews and taken to a nearby hospital, though she later died as a result of the injuries she suffered. The driver of the Saturn reportedly suffered injuries that were not life threatening, though the severity of her injuries were not stated. The driver of the pickup truck suffered injuries that were minor.

Authorities reported that the driver of the pickup truck was a paroled man who was driving without a license. In addition to being charged for causing injury while driving without a license, he was also charged for changing lanes unsafely, among other offenses. He was still being held in custody on $20,000 bail when news of the crash was released.

When a loved one is killed in a car accident, the family members of the deceased person may have the grounds to file a wrongful death claim against the driver who was determined to be responsible for causing the collision. In some cases, filing a claim may allow the family members to recover the cost of any damages they sustained due to the loss of their loved one. An attorney may help the family estimate the total amount in losses that they sustained by gathering evidence of medical bills, funeral costs and income that was lost.

Source: NJ.com, "Parolee charged in South Jersey crash that killed Florida woman," Craig McCarthy, Jan. 28, 2015

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