Motorists who approach an intersection with a green light assume that it is safe to proceed. However, another driver facing a red light may fail to notice or intentionally ignore the signal to stop. In red light running collisions, one vehicle typically strikes the side of another vehicle, causing a violent impact that can result in serious or even fatal injuries.
APP.com reports that according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, a 27-year-old West Long Branch man faces multiple charges in connection with a fatal Route 36 crash that occurred around 4 a.m. on Nov. 15 in West Long Branch in Monmouth County. The man was driving a 2005 Ford F150 King Ranch pickup truck eastbound on Route 36 near the highway’s intersection with Monmouth Road when he failed to stop for the red traffic signal.
Authorities said the pickup collided with a 2013 Honda Civic driven by a 43-year-old Long Branch woman. The Honda was traveling south on Monmouth Road and was entering the intersection of Route 36 and Monmouth Road when the collision occurred. The Ford driver fled from the crash scene, but was apprehended less than a block from the collision. The driver of the Honda was taken to a Neptune Township hospital, where she died approximately 5 hours later.
The Ford driver has been charged with a second degree leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash, second degree vehicular homicide, third degree causing the death of another while driving unlicensed, and multiple motor vehicle violations. The court document charging the Ford driver indicates that he was driving recklessly while unlicensed and under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
A motor vehicle accident involving a drunk driver is often difficult to avoid. Even other drivers are being cautious on the road, they may not be able to get out of the path of a driver that does not exercise any reasoning. In New Jersey, drunk driving is a serious offense, and the state looks at it so harshly due to its devastating effects. New Jersey laws act to protect the innocent victims of drunk driving or their families by allowing them to seek relief in a court of law. Call Grossman Law today at (877) 764-2215 for a free consultation.