A 22-year-old man from Rutherford, New Jersey, is facing criminal charges in connection with an alleged drunk driving accident that killed a woman from Carlstadt. The young man is currently facing aggravated assault charges, along with drunk driving charges and a citation for reckless driving. Those accusations were upgraded because the accident occurred within 1,000 feet of a school. In addition, since the woman died, additional charges may be on their way.
The woman reportedly suffered massive head trauma because of her involvement in the accident. She was rushed to hospital facilities, but she died on Aug. 24, two days after the crash occurred.
Authorities report the Aug. 22 accident happened about 7:45 p.m. as the defendant was driving east on Railroad Avenue toward that road's intersection with Everett Place. The young man is accused of losing control of his vehicle, which caused him to drive into a curb. The driver then reportedly crossed the road into the westbound lanes, plunging off the road and onto a pedestrian walkway. Reports show the female victim was standing on the sidewalk at the time of the incident. In addition to other damage, the driver is said to have struck a tree, knocking it down, along with a street light and a utility pole.
In this case, officers said they thought the driver might have been intoxicated based on their observations at the scene. However, it does not appear that a breathalyzer test was administered at the crash site. A blood sample was taken for further analysis at a medical laboratory. The driver will be facing his first court hearing on Sept. 4, according to news reports. Attorneys in the case will be able to protect the driver's rights by ensuring that blood and breath samples were correctly collected. These professionals can ensure that the defendant receives a fair legal process, as every American deserves in our court system.
Source: www.northjersey.com, "UPDATE: Rutherford man arrested for East Rutherford accident; Carlstadt victim succumbs to injuries in hospital" James P. Hickey, Aug. 29, 2013