A self-professed, drunk 50-year-old Princeton resident is alleged to have struck and killed a motorcyclists and severely injured a motorist on Sunday, July 23. He will remain jailed until his next court date on Sept. 11 after surveillance video was turned over to prosecutors showing the man purchasing a bottle of vodka just one hour prior to his fatal collision, a bottle which police found partially consumed in his car.
The defendant was driving near the Quaker Bridge Mall when he struck a Hyundai from the rear. The impact caused by that collision pushed his vehicle into a motorcycle, causing him to fall off it and onto the ground. Witnesses reported that he didn't appear to make any attempt to brake until well after he'd already struck the Hyundai.
Shortly after striking the Hyundai, the man got out of his BMW SUV and approached another motorist. He asked if she had seen the West Windsor crash. When she said she had, he told her he had to leave.
That same witness also reportedly asked if he was okay. He allegedly responded that he was 'wasted'. He began stumbling toward the median, where he collapsed. Soon thereafter, police arrived at the scene and had the man transported to the hospital.
Struck and killed in the crash was a 55-year-old married Parlin man who was a father of three. The 48-year-old Hyundai driver also suffered injuries in the crash.
By the time the BMW's driver was released from the hospital, police had decided to arrest the man. He's was charged with open container, hit and run resulting in a fatality and vehicular homicide charges.
Thousands of car crashes are caused by drunk drivers each year in New Jersey. If you've lost a loved one in an alcohol-induced motor vehicle accident, then you may benefit from discussing your case with a Mercer, New Jersey wrongful death attorney. In learning the specifics of your loved one's accident, he or she will be able to advise you of your right to reimbursement of funeral costs, future wages and other expenses.
Source: New Jersey Advance Media, "Driver charged with drunkenly killing motorcyclist staying jailed," Brandon Scalea, Aug. 01, 2017