On Monday, Oct. 23, a 17-year-old driver crashed into the last vehicle in a line of five cars that were stopped at a red light at Route 130 and Hankins Road. The impact sent each vehicle crashing into the rear-end of the vehicle in front of it, with the initial impact causing the death of a 62-year-old woman from Trenton, New Jersey.
The decedent was a passenger in the first vehicle that was struck. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital after emergency responders arrived on the accident scene. Unfortunately, her injuries were simply too much and she died at the hospital.
The drivers of each car that were involved in this six-vehicle crash were transported to one of three local hospitals. In addition, one other person who was also a passenger in the first vehicle that was struck was sent for medical treatment.
The identity of the 17-year-old driver was not released by authorities, although we do know the teen is male. According to authorities, the accident is still under investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and the East Windsor Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit.
It's not known yet if the young driver was distracted at the time of the crash, if the vehicle experienced brake problems or what the actual cause of the accident was. If you have been injured in an accident due to another person's negligence or if you have lost a loved one because of the same, you have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options in such a case.
Source: nj.com, "17-year-old causes 6-car chain-reaction crash that kills woman, cops say," Paige Gross, Oct. 25, 2017