A fatal motorcycle accident has led to DWI charges for a teen in New Jersey.
The crash happened out on the Garden State Parkway over the weekend. Police did say that the motorcyclist who was killed actually ran into the back of the van that the teenager was driving; in most cases, that indicates that the fault lies with the trailing vehicle. However, the teen who was behind the wheel, despite being too young to legally drink at all, was allegedly driving drunk.
The police have not yet released all of the details of the accident. They did say that it looks like both the van and the motorcycle were going south. However, police think that the teen may have stopped the van completely in the road, or that the van was at least going very slowly.
The crash happened at about 8:37 in the evening, so it would not yet have been dark, but it would have been moving toward dusk. It appears that the motorcyclist did not realize that the van had stopped or slowed down in time to avoid the collision, as vehicles are not supposed to stop in the lane or impede traffic on the Parkway.
The police did say that the young van driver is just 17. At this time, they are keeping the teen's name private, since they are working to get in touch with the family.
Drunk driving can have a significant impact on fault in a deadly accident, as this case shows. If you've lost a loved one in such an accident, you may be able to seek compensation.
Source: NJ.com, "Teen charged with DWI after fatal crash with motorcycle, police say," Tom Haydon, NJ Advance Media, May 29, 2016