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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in Ewing hit-and-run

The family of a Trenton man killed crossing a Ewing street has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against two drivers who both allegedly hit the man and fled the scene.

The October 2011 incidents that left the 54-year-old dead were on Parkside Avenue.

According to the suit, the man was killed just before 11 p.m. after he had been dropped off by a NJ Transit bus at a Parkside stop near Ives Avenue.

The man's brother apparently lives across the street in an apartment.

Two drivers are facing criminal charges in the incidents: one was a Rider University sophomore at the time and the other is a 52-year-old Ewing woman.

The lawsuit alleges that the student was drunk at the time of the crash. An attorney for the victim's family said initial investigations show she had been drinking at a business or a residence before the accident.

The attorney said that those who served the underage former student alcohol would also be named in the suit after their identities are uncovered.

Police said the former student was driving the car that first hit the victim. She surrendered to law enforcement officials five days later.

Police believe that after the student's vehicle hit the man, and the student drove off, the car driven by the Ewing woman then struck the victim. She, too, reportedly fled the scene.

Also named in the lawsuit are government entities allegedly responsible for failing to make the bus stop safe: New Jersey Transit, Ewing Township and Mercer County.

The plaintiffs argue that lighting at the bus stop is inadequate and that there is no crosswalk or other safety measures at the spot where the death occurred.

The family seeks compensation for funeral expenses, burial costs and other damages, as well as punitive damages.

Source: The Times of Trenton, "Family of Trenton man killed in hit-and-run files wrongful death lawsuit," March 8, 2013

  • Our Mercer County law firm serves families in similar circumstances. Please see our Trenton wrongful death page for more information.

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