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New Jersey man charged with DWI after fatal NJ Turnpike crash

Prosecutors in New Jersey say that a 24-year-old man was intoxicated when he was involved in a fatal collision in the early morning hours of Oct. 19. The North Plainfield resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike shortly after 4 a.m.

According to a police report, the man struck the rear of a tractor-trailer near mile marker 93.5. Emergency services personnel quickly arrived at the scene, but the man's 25-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at about 4:40 a.m. Blunt force trauma was given as the cause of the man's death by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner. The driver of the sedan was also injured in the crash, and he was transported to a medical facility in Old Bridge Township for treatment.

After being released from the hospital, the man was transported to a detention center in Middlesex County. His bail was set at $250,000. The accident is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

The penalties for drunk driving can be severe in New Jersey when an accident leads to serious injury or death. In that event, contacting an attorney may be beneficial for a defendant. A criminal defense attorney may scrutinize witness and police statements in order to uncover any possible inconsistencies. An attorney may also challenge the validity of toxicology test results if law enforcement officers did not follow rigid procedural guidelines or if the equipment used has not been adequately maintained.

Source: NJ.com, "Driver charged wtih DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge", Anthony G. Attrino, October 20, 2014

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