A Mount Laurel woman is facing serious charges after a fatal crash. According to the Burlington County Times, Tameka Lawson was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide after a Nov. 12 crash.
The vehicle went airborne and struck a pole
Lawson was driving with her husband, Jamar Rentie, in the passenger seat. The vehicle veered off the road, went airborne and then struck a utility pole. The car overturned after striking the pole. The crash occurred on Hartford Road in Delran.
Her husband was declared dead at the scene
Lawson and Rentie were removed from the wreckage of the vehicle. Rentie was declared dead at the scene. Lawson was taken to the hospital, but released after being evaluated.
Lawson faces multiple charges
Lawson was charged after her toxicology results came back. She also faces charges of with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated in a school zone, driving while suspended, reckless driving and failure to maintain a lane.
A drunk driver may be accountable for your injuries
When a person causes a drunk driving accident in New Jersey, he or she faces potential criminal and civil consequences. A criminal case punishes the drunk driver for his or her negligent actions. However, if a drunk driver hit you, you can also hold a drunk driver responsible for your injuries.
You can file a personal injury lawsuit and seek compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income and disability. Depending on your case, you may also seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when individuals acted in a particularly negligent manner.
A business can be held responsible for overserving a patron
If the drunk driver was overserved at a bar or restaurant in New Jersey, the business may also be accountable under the dram shop law. This law holds establishments that serve alcohol liable if they overserve customers or serve visibly intoxicated customers.