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Tragic car accident leaves passenger dead

There is a reason why authorities treat driving while under the influence so seriously: it frequently leads to injuries and even death. That was the case with a recent tragic car accident that claimed the life of a passenger. The Burlington County driver is now facing multiple charges.

The accident took place Oct. 27 on Clarks Landing Road at about 1:30 a.m. The driver lost control of his Jeep Cherokee, causing it to overturn and crash into the trees. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle, and she was pronounced dead several hours later at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.

According to the Atlantic City prosecutor, authorities have charged the 20-year-old driver with second-degree vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. Those are in addition to charges of reckless driving and underage drinking. He was taken into custody but was released from jail on a $100,000 bond.

For the family of the deceased 19-year-old passenger, the charges will likely provide only a certain level of relief. Indeed, the law cannot make amends for their heartrending loss, but it may be able to provide monetary compensation. Specifically, it is possible that the family could file a wrongful death suit against the Burlington County driver.

A wrongful death is a death caused by the negligent or willful conduct of another, and that would certainly seem to be the case in this car accident. By law, other individuals who have been victimized by a driver's negligence or recklessness are due compensation for a number of types of damages, including disability, lost wages, medical bills, property damage, as well as pain and suffering.

Source:, "Burlco man charged in crash that killed passenger," Oct. 27, 2011


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