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Man charged with drunk driving after woman killed in car crash

A woman was killed in a drunk driving crash that occurred on a recent Tuesday. Now, one of the drivers in the two-vehicle crash has been charged with drunk driving. The tragic New Jersey accident occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. along Route 21 in Passaic.

According to officers who responded to the accident, they discovered two extremely damaged motor vehicles at the scene when they arrived. One of the cars was on fire. The 30-year-old suspect, who was later charged with drunk driving, needed to be extricated from his burning vehicle. The 32-year-old female driver in the other car suffered critical and severe injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Unfortunately, emergency responders were not able to save the critically injured woman, and she died on the way to the medical center. The allegedly drunk driver in this case will now face serious criminal charges in court, including DWI, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and other driving violations. As of May 7, he was still receiving care at the intensive care ward at St. Joseph's hospital.

Police are still gathering evidence relating to this crash, and they have asked that witnesses come forward to provide further information. Not only might this information assist New Jersey prosecutors in holding the man charged with drunk driving criminally accountable for his actions, but further witness reports could also help the victim's family members seek justice through a wrongful death action in civil court. Family members could pursue various forms of restitution to pay for end-of-life expenses, funeral and memorial costs, and any new details about their loved one's death could help their case enormously.

Source: ABC 7 New York, "Passaic crash leaves 1 dead, man charged with DWI", , May 7, 2014

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