Each day, hundreds of New Jersey motorists travel the busy thoroughfares to get from one place to another, and as a consequence each is subjected to the actions of the drivers around them. Unfortunately, even if people are cautious, mindful and defensive drivers, they are still at risk of being involved in a car accident if other motorists are distracted, fatigued or under the influence.
A Monroe County woman was recently charged with DUI when investigations revealed that she was heavily intoxicated when she caused a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of her young daughter. According to witness reports, the woman had been driving recklessly and swerving in and out of her lane when she hit another vehicle head-on. The woman’s 6-year-old daughter was improperly restrained in the back seat and suffered severe trauma to her head and neck when the accident occurred. She died at the scene.
When authorities arrived at the scene, the woman asked about her daughter and claimed to have been trying to answer a phone call at the time of the accident. According to first responders, she seemed alert and aware of what was happening. Drug tests performed later on revealed that the woman had benzodiazepine and methadone in her urine at levels that were much higher than recommended therapeutic dosages. The woman may have been suffering withdrawals when she crashed her vehicle. The occupant of the other vehicle survived her injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
Victims of car accidents involving a DUI driver may benefit from the intervention of trusted legal professional. For victims or families of loved ones who have been injured or killed in a DUI accident, contacting an attorney can provide relief from the often-challenging consequences following such a serious circumstance.
Source: nj.com, “Mom charged in DUI crash that killed 6-year-old daughter,” Tony Rhodin, July 12, 2017