A school superintendent from New Jersey was taking his dog out on a run when he was hit and killed by a vehicle. A teenager was behind the wheel. At the very end of November, that teen driver decided to plead guilty.
The authorities are still not giving out the girl's name to the public. Though she has turned 18 and is legally considered an adult, she was a minor when the accident happened.
The girl, a student from Robbinsville High School, was allegedly chatting on her cell phone as she drove. While talking, she allegedly ran down the man and his dog, killing them both. The man was 52 years old at the time.
The charges she's decided to plead guilty to are for careless driving and leaving the scene of a deadly accident.
According to the authorities, she hit the man and then kept driving, but she wasn't necessarily trying to flee, as she also called the police and said she may have run into someone. She was offered a plea deal if she said she was guilty to the charges listed above. As part of that deal, she's expected to get a sentence of probation for three years and a driver's license suspension for two years. She will also have to do community service for 200 hours.
When a loved one dies in a car accident, regardless of the outcome of a criminal case, it's important for the surviving family members to know what rights they may have to compensation. This compensation could be for things like lost wages, a loss of companionship, medical expenses, and the like.
Source: Philly.com, "Teen pleads guilty in crash that killed N.J. superintendent," Emily Babay, Nov. 30, 2016