Take a quick glance at news headlines across the state of New Jersey and its easy to see that driving under the influence of alcohol is in a disturbing uptrend. Its common knowledge that driving while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, yet so many continue to do it. Those that drive drunk not only endanger their lives, but the lives of all others around them. Not long ago, a pedestrian was killed in Elizabeth when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver.
The victim in the crash was a 23-year-old man that had just graduated from Rutgers University. Accident reports say that the driver was speeding on the wrong side of the road and struck the victim. According to authorities, the impact threw the victim into a parked car. Tragically, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver crashed into several parked cars before being arrested by police. A bottle of alcohol was discovered inside the vehicle and it was determined that the driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, reports say. The driver pleaded guilty to drunk driving and second-degree vehicular manslaughter. He was recently found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison for striking and killing the pedestrian.
Unfortunately, it seems that far too many drivers in New Jersey these days are choosing to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. It is important to know that families of those who have been hurt or killed after being struck by a vehicle have options for legal recourse at their disposal. Filing a lawsuit could result in financial relief to help with medical expenses and other monetary losses.
Source: nj.com, “Drunk driver in hit-and-run crash that killed Rutgers grad gets 8 years“, Jeff Goldman, March 26, 2018