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Illegal drugs a role in New Jersey truck fatality

According the Middlesex County prosecutor's office, a truck driver was under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance when he rear-ended a woman on a New Jersey highway which resulted in her death. Police arrested the man on April 17 at his Robbinsville, New Jersey, home. He has since been charged with aggravated manslaughter and death by auto.

Prosecutors say the truck accident occurred on Route 9 in Old Bridge, New Jersey, after a tractor-trailer being operated by the defendant plowed into the back of a Hyundai being driven by a 50-year-old woman from Freehold, New Jersey. According to authorities, the woman was stopped at a red light when the collision occurred and died at the scene as a result of the injuries she suffered. It is unknown at this time if the defendant has legal counsel, but he is currently being held on $300,000 bail.

Federal and state transportation agencies provide strict rules and regulations regarding the operation of commercial tractor-trailers because of their potential to cause harm to other motorists. Truck drivers are routinely screened for illegal substances and they must also submit to other random tests to determine their fitness to drive. The family members of the victim may want to know if the defendant worked for a company which may have failed to enforce such required tests.

The loss of a loved one can never be fully assuaged with money, but the victim's family is entitled to lost earnings she might have continued to earn had she not perished in the accident. That family should also be compensated for the loss of her vehicle. If you know someone who has been injured or killed because of a truck driver's actions, you should encourage him or her to seek assistance from a legal profession who may be able to help recover compensation for their losses.

Source: mycentraljersey.com, "Trucker charged in Freehold woman's death" No author given, Apr. 18, 2014

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