Rear-end vehicle collisions are the most common type of vehicle accidents in the US, accounting for some 29 percent of all fatal and injurious crashes each year, according to the NHTSA. But even if they happen frequently, each injury and death resulting from rear-ending is still a tragedy for individuals and families.
Just last Thursday, a devastating loss occurred when US Army First Lieutenant John J. Levulis died because of a rear-end car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, reports NJ.com.
Levulis was in a Humvee which was traveling last in a military convoy returning from Fort Drum, NY to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Burlington County. Police said a civilian car behind the convoy was trying to get to the center lane to move past, but ended up clipping the Humvee.
The Humvee veered off the turnpike and its driver, Bryce Leek, 35, was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained serious spine injuries, according to the Burlington County Times. NJ.com adds that two other passengers were injured in the crash but were expected to recover. All three injured persons are from New York.
Levulis, who himself hailed from Eden, NY, was 25 when he died. He had been a platoon leader who served in Afghanistan in 2013 and had received various awards, including the Bronze Star Medal. Before his deployment to Afghanistan, he married his wife in a private ceremony, but they had been planning a full wedding with friends and family, slated for July this year.
NJ police have charged the civilian driver, 43-year-old Ramdel Magliore of Hackensack, NJ, with reckless driving. Meanwhile, the ongoing crash investigation will be turned over to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Such a tragic accident can never be undone, and the life lost can never be replaced. But families whose loved ones have died in wrecks like this can get back on track when they fight for justice. This is why in a fatal crash, or any accident that may have been caused by someone else’s actions, the legal service of an accident attorney is valuable as compensation may be in order due to wrongful death.