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December 2012 Archives

Defendant in fatal car accident case sentenced for manslaughter

A man from Monmouth County, New Jersey, was recently sentenced before a federal judge for the involuntary manslaughter of a high school principal that occurred in an automobile accident. The car accident occurred when the man drove his vehicle head-on into oncoming traffic and crashed into a car driven by a local school principal. The principal was killed in the accident, and it was determined that the defendant had been under the influence of Ambien at the time of the accident. The man had taken over four times the recommended dose of the drug. The man was sentenced to 41 months in prison. Because the location of the accident was within Fort Monmouth, the case fell under the jurisdiction of the federal government, rather than the state of New Jersey.

Police crackdown during holiday season to reduce DUI accidents

Police in New Jersey are ramping up a holiday crackdown on drunk driving. The assault on drunk driving is part of the "Get Sober or Get Pulled Over" statewide campaign, which is an attempt to prevent alcohol-related accidents by increasing police enforcement of drunk driving laws. The state of New Jersey plans to have officers conduct more saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in order to detect alcohol-impaired drivers. The campaign began in New Jersey and elsewhere in the nation on December 7, and it also attempts to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated through promotional materials. The campaign, in existence since 1999, has worked to reduce the number of DUI accidents during one of the busiest traveling seasons in the year.

New Jersey CEO pleads guilty to workers' compensation fraud

Recently, the head of a Trenton-based construction company pleaded guilty to stealing more than $450,000 in worker's compensation-related money. The man was charged with two counts of second degree theft by deception. Specifically, he was charged with sending false information to the worker's compensation insurance carrier for his company.

New Jersey worker awarded compensation after third injury

The city of Paterson, New Jersey, recently awarded a $275,000 workers' compensation settlement to a public works employee. The employee had sustained workplace injuries on three separate occasions. In the first accident, the employee complained that he had hurt his lower back while lifting a garbage can. The second incident occurred when the worker allegedly injured his arm when the truck he was riding in backed into another vehicle, and he accidentally hit his arm on the truck's side-view mirror. The third incident occurred in a similar manner as the first when the worker strained his lower back lifting a barrel. The Paterson City Council approved the settlement.

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