All people who drive motor vehicles, regardless of the driver's age, must be certain to obey all traffic laws and ensure that they are driving in a manner that keeps those around them safe. When a driver shirks on those duties, people can be killed or injured. A very sad case out of Robbinsville Township shows how devastating it can be when a driver strikes a pedestrian.
The driver, who is a 17-year-old student at the local high school, killed the superintendent of the local school district and his dog while they were out for a run. The accident occurred at 6:15 on the morning of a school trip to New York City. That trip was cancelled after the superintendent's death. All Mercer County schools were closed the day of the accident and the following day.
While no criminal charges have been filed, the accident is being invested by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and the local police department. What is known is that the teen was rushing when the accident occurred.
The man had a wife, who is a teacher, and three sons that are going to have to move on with their lives without him. The Robbinsville Township mayor called the now-deceased man a "ball of energy" and noted that he was "beloved."
Trying to rush is never a good idea when you are driving. If you have lost a loved one because a driver who was trying to hurry wasn't paying close attention to what is going on around them, you might decide that you will take legal action. Determining if anyone other than the driver can be held liable for the accident will be a crucial piece of the puzzle.
Source: Philly.com, "N.J. teen's car hits and kills superintendent," Julie Shaw, April 21, 2016