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Alleged DUI driver arrested after fatal pedestrian accident

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal for good reason. It makes it hard for a driver to pay attention to the road or to make quick decisions. The person's driving abilities may be influenced, and he or she may weave or make impulsive moves that put others in danger.

In a sad case out of New Jersey, an intoxicated driver was arrested by police after causing a fatal pedestrian accident in Van Buren. According to the news from Jan. 12, the man was arrested following the fatal accident and had stayed at the scene.

The 35-year-old man was allegedly drunk at the scene with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. The police have not released information on what his test results were, but by the arrest, it was at least .08 percent.

The Van Buren Police Department report that the victim of the collision was an 84-year-old woman who was crossing the street while using her walker. It wasn't clear where she was going or if the was using a crosswalk at the time of the accident. It is known that she was crossing over Alma Highway near Clover Lead Plaza when the driver, driving a Jeep, struck her. The police stated that the man now faces several charges including a DWI, careless driving and charges of negligent homicide.

This tragic accident could have been avoided easily. If your loved one passes away because of a pedestrian accident or if you're injured due to a dangerous driver, you have legal rights that you can exercise in order to be compensated.

Source: 5 News Online, "Van Buren Police: Intoxicated Driver Arrested In Fatal Pedestrian Accident," Shawnya Meyers, Jan. 12, 2017

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