Safety Officials Investigate Recent Hoboken Train Accident

The recent train accident in Hoboken NJ that resulted in more than 100 people sustaining injuries and one person tragically dying is still being investigated by federal safety officials.

On September 29, 2016, an NJ Transit train on the Pascack Valley Line train went past the bumper block on the tracks at Hoboken Terminal and moved through the rail concourse at a very high rate of speed. The train slammed into the wall and caused significant damage to the train station, as well as significant physical injuries to many of the passengers in the front car of the train.

Additionally, the train accident resulted in debris flying through the air. The person who died in the train accident was standing on the platform waiting for the train to arrive when she got struck by debris. The victim was later identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old Hoboken woman who leaves behind a husband and a child.

At the time of the train crash, the train was packed with commuters who were headed to work during the morning rush hour. Hoboken Terminal is a major transportation hub for people who travel from New Jersey to New York City.

At this time, it is far too early to speculate on what might have caused the train accident. What is known is that the train engineer will be heavily scrutinized in the days and weeks ahead. In accordance with a law that NJ Governor Chris Christie signed off on just last month, an engineer is prohibited from operating a New Jersey Transit train if he has a prior conviction for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is actively investigating the train crash. One aspect of the accident that investigators will surely be looking at is the train’s lack of positive train control on the brake system. Positive train control is something that some lawmakers and safety experts have wanted installed in all trains operating on US railroad tracks because it can help to slow a train in the event that the engineer faints or otherwise becomes incapable of applying pressure to the brake before arrival at a station. In this case, NTSB investigators will probably need to speak with the engineer in order to determine exactly why the train did not slow down as it approached the Hoboken Terminal.

For additional information, read the following article: Hoboken train crash: 1 dead, more than 100 injured

Trenton NJ Woman Dies in Hamilton Township Crash Allegedly Caused by Driver Fleeing Police

A driver allegedly fleeing from police in a high-speed pursuit collided with another vehicle on a Hamilton Township roadway. The violent collision between the cars resulted in the death of one person.

According to law enforcement, the suspect was caught conducting a drug deal in Trenton, NJ. New Jersey State Police troopers reportedly observed the suspect and another person engaged in an illegal drug transaction on the side of the road. As soon as the suspect started his engine and began to drive off, the police officers attempted to pull over his SUV. However, instead of stopping his car, the suspect allegedly sped up and tried to evade capture by driving at an extremely high rate of speed.

The NJ State troopers gave pursuit and followed the suspect through Trenton. The high-speed pursuit eventually reached Hamilton Township, with the chase ending as the suspect reportedly ran a red light and crashed his motor vehicle into another car on the roadway.

The driver of the other car sustained catastrophic injuries in the auto accident. She was rushed to a local hospital, but doctors could not save her life. The victim was pronounced dead at the medical facility.

The victim resided in Trenton NJ and was just 22 years old at the time of her death.

The suspect, a 22-year-old man from Jackson, New Jersey, received medical treatment for his injuries at the scene of the crash and later at a local hospital. According to officials, he did not suffer any significant injuries as a result of the motor vehicle accident.

Upon being released from the hospital, the suspect was taken into the custody of Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office detectives and charged with numerous crimes, including vehicular manslaughter and death by auto while under the influence of drugs. Additionally, the suspect was issued several traffic citations for his alleged dangerous actions on the roadway, as well as for reportedly operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license.

In addition to facing serious consequences that could include prison time if the suspect is convicted on the criminal charges, the suspect may also find himself subject to civil liability in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. That’s because the family members of the victim in the fatal car accident could potentially seek to hold the suspect accountable for reckless or negligent actions that led up to the collision.

For additional information, check out the following article: Prosecutors: NJ Man Fleeing Police Crashes, Kills Innocent Woman

Driver Dies after Crashing Car into Tree in Mercer County Park

A single-vehicle car accident in Mercer County Park resulted in the tragic death of a Lawrence NJ man.

The fatal car crash went down a short time after 8:00 p.m. in West Windsor, New Jersey. The victim was reportedly driving his red 2013 Mercedes Benz GL 400 along New Road and headed south when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The car reportedly went off the roadway, moved through a picnic area at Mercer County Park, and eventually came to a stop after crashing into a tree.

The force of the collision caused significant damage to the front of the vehicle and catastrophic injuries to the driver. When law enforcement and emergency medical responders arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the driver unconscious behind the wheel of the SUV.

The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors tried valiantly to save her life. Tragically, doctors were unable to do anything to help the victim; she was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the medical facility.

The driver was the only person in the motor vehicle at the time of the accident; there were no passengers.

The West Windsor Township Police Department traffic bureau is actively investigating the fatal car accident. At this time, investigators have not yet determined what caused the single-car crash at Mercer County Park. West Windsor detectives have asked that anyone who witnessed the accident get in touch with police at 609-799-1222.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, the family members of the victim may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle. For instance, if the fatal car crash was caused by a vehicle defect, the auto manufacturer could be liable to damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

For additional information, check out the following article: 1 killed in single-car crash in picnic area of Mercer County Park

Parents of Hollywood Actor Anton Yelchin File Wrongful Death Suit against Fiat Chrysler

In the aftermath of Anton Yelchin’s death, the deceased actor’s parents have decided to file a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the motor vehicle that crushed him.

Yelchin, an actor perhaps best known for starring in the recent “Star Trek” movies, was tragically killed earlier this year in a single-vehicle car accident in the driveway of his Los Angeles home. While Yelchin attempted to fix an issue with his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the car unexpectedly rolled backwards and pinned him against a brick security gate just outside the residence.

Although the results of the investigation into Yelchin’s death were not made public, it is believed that the young actor may have died due to a product defect in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In fact, prior to Yelchin’s fatal accident, the federal government actually warned consumers about a fault gear shifter in some Fiat Chrysler vehicles. According to safety officials, the defective gear shifter can lead drivers to erroneously believe that their car is in “park.” When the mistaken driver gets out of the vehicle, it can suddenly begin to roll away. That may have been what happened to Yelchin just before he was killed.

The named defendants in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Yelchin’s parents include Fiat Chrysler, ZF North America, and AutoNation. Fiat Chrysler manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while AutoNation is the automotive retailer from which Yelchin purchased the vehicle that killed him. The plaintiffs are reportedly seeking significant damages for the loss of their son.

Yelchin’s parents are not the only ones suing Fiat Chrysler for the allegedly defective vehicles. Not long after Yelchin died, several other consumers filed a class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler. The plaintiffs in the class action suit allege that Fiat Chrysler intentionally concealed information about the defective gear shifter for multiple years.

For additional information, access the following article: Anton Yelchin Parents to Sue over Car Death

Jackson NJ Man Dies at Trenton Hospital after Being Hit by Car in Upper Freehold, New Jersey

A motorcyclist from Jackson NJ was killed in a violent car collision last month while riding his bike on Route 524 in Upper Freehold, New Jersey.

The motorcyclist was traveling east on Route 54 in Upper Freehold NJ when he approached the intersection with Sharon Station Road and was struck by a motor vehicle. The driver of the vehicle that hit the biker was traveling south on Sharon Station Road and reportedly did not see the motorcycle. It is believed that the driver may have moved through a stop sign just before crashing into the motorcyclist.

Immediately following the auto accident, the motorcyclist was rushed to a medical trauma center and emergency room in Trenton, New Jersey. Tragically, doctors at the Trenton hospital were not able to save the victim’s life; he was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the trauma center.

The motorist is a 26-year-old man from Trumbull, Connecticut. While the motorcyclist sustained catastrophic injuries in the car collision, the Connecticut man behind the wheel of the car involved in the auto accident was not injured.

The Upper Freehold Police Department and the NJ State Police investigated the fatal accident and determined that the driver of the car acted carelessly in the moments preceding the crash. As a result, the driver was cited for careless driving. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is currently looking into the fatal motorcycle accident, with prosecutors yet to decide whether they will be filing more serious criminal charges against the motorist.

Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, it remains possible that the motorcycle accident victim’s family will file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car.

The victim was 55 years old when he died. He was married for 33 years and is survived by his wife. According to his obituary, he was born in Brooklyn and lived in different parts of New York before moving to Jackson, NJ, where he spent the last 28 years of his life before dying in the fatal auto accident.

For more information about this tragic car accident, read the following article: Driver ticketed following fatal motorcycle crash