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Senior citizen arrested after fatal hit-and-run car accident

Authorities in New Jersey say that an elderly man killed a bicyclist in a tragic hit-and-run car accident. According to prosecutors from Monmouth County, the 83-year-old male driver turned himself in on a recent Monday and admitted to being the driver in the car accident. Police released him after he posted a cash bail of $150,000.

The tragic incident occurred in Howell on March 12. A 58-year-old bicyclist was allegedly struck by a car from behind. Until the elderly driver turned himself in, authorities had been searching for the hit-and-run driver in this incident.

The male senior citizen faces the criminal charge of knowingly leaving a fatal accident scene. He also faces other less serious traffic violations. If he is convicted of the crimes, he could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years. At his age, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. It is likely that he will also face another kind of justice, in civil court, if the victim's family pursues legal claims against him.

Indeed, in addition to justice being served against this hit-and-run driver through criminal proceedings, the victim's family members may also be able to seek restitution in New Jersey civil court by initiating a wrongful death claim. By successfully pursuing such a case, the family members may be able to obtain compensation for the loss of their loved one. While no amount of money could ever right such a wrong, the act of pursuing such a car accident claim can be an important part of the grieving process for family members left behind.

Source: dailyjournal.net, "Prosecutors: Elderly driver charged in hit-and-run accident that killed bicyclist", March 31, 2014

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