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Chain-Reaction Collision Injures 3 and Puts 1 in Custody

Posted on October 9, 2014

A New Jersey man has been taken into custody following a chain-reaction collision on the streets of Egg Harbor. The accident happened at approximately 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 8. The Egg Harbor Township Police Department has charged the man with weapons offenses and drunk driving violations.

The authorities claim that the accidents began as the Lakewood resident drove a Mercedes Benz west on the Black Horse Pike. They believe he was speeding when he came upon a line of cars waiting for a red light to change at Fire Road. The ensuing collision reportedly involved four other vehicles and caused three injuries.

Traffic on the westbound side of the highway was closed down to a single lane for about an hour as authorities investigated the crash site. The authorities allege that they discovered a 9mm pistol and hollow-point bullets in the possession of the man, as well as evidence that he had been driving while intoxicated.

The law is designed to protect those who were not at fault in an accident from having to shoulder an undue portion of the liability. Any individual who has been hurt in an automobile accident that was caused by the negligence or malfeasance of another may choose to file a civil claim against them. The outcome of the civil suit is independent of any criminal charges that may be proceeding against the defendant, though evidence entered in the public record during the criminal trial may be used in the civil case. The aid of an attorney may help the injured party to file their case properly and make full use of any evidence that may be found.

Source: News9.com, “OHP Investigates Deadly Crash In LeFlore County“, October 08, 2014

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