On 10:49 p.m. on July 12, a three-car collision occurred at Kennedy Boulevard and St. Pauls Avenue. A pedestrian was struck so hard by one of the cars that his body damaged a cast-iron drainpipe on the nearby building he was slammed into. His lifeless body then fell and was impaled on a spiked wrought-iron fence.
Three people died and three more suffered serious injuries when a sport utility vehicle was involved in a single-car crash on the Garden State Parkway earlier this week. The SUV contained five members of a Staten Island family, as well as two additional family friends. New Jersey police are not yet sure what caused the fatal accident, but are continuing to investigate the crash.
One out of every five people killed in a traffic-related in New Jersey over the last decade was a pedestrian, according to a new national study. Such pedestrian accidents accounted for 21 percent of total traffic deaths for the years 2000 to 2009, with minority and elderly populations making up a disproportionate majority of those killed in car crashes in those years.
The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after falling from a New Jersey Ferris wheel have retained the services of an attorney and are contemplating a wrongful death lawsuit, according to statements made at a news conference earlier this week.
Although it hasn't been in the news much lately, the caffeine-laced alcoholic energy drink Four Loko continues to cause pain and suffering for families in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a Four Loko-related car accident recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the beverage, claiming that it was responsible for the death of their young son.
A New Jersey woman is dead following a tragic bus accident in Virginia earlier this week. The fatal accident is one in a line of several similar crashes in New Jersey and throughout the East, again calling into question the bus companies' safety standards and the federal government's regulation of them.
Earlier this month, we wrote about a lawsuit that had been filed against airplane manufacturer Cirrus by the widow of former New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Melanie Lidle alleged that design flaws in the Cirrus SR-20 were responsible for the tragic airplane crash that took her husband's life. This week, a jury disagreed with that allegation, ruling that Cirrus was not liable for the airplane crash or Lidle's death.
Members of a New Jersey high school baseball team are mourning the loss of their teammate after a fatal car accident in Lakehurst last week. According to police reports, the 17-year-old Jackson boy was killed when the vehicle in which he was a passenger collided with an SUV, ejecting him from the backseat. Two other 17-year-old baseball players were in the front seat of the car at the time of the car accident. They were treated for minor injuries and released from Community Medical Center in Toms River.
On October 11, 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle departed the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with his flight instructor, hoping to see the sights of New York from a different perspective. But the flight ended in tragedy after the plane spun out of control and crashed into a high-rise condominium building in New York's Upper East Side. Both 34-year-old Lidle and his 26-year-old flight instructor were killed on impact.
On September 24, 2007, Betty and Vic Dubinen received a call from a friend of their daughter, Sara, asking how Sara was faring after her car accident. Not knowing what the friend was talking about, the Dubinens called the police department and local hospitals. They soon learned that Sara had been in a serious car accident, that she was in critical condition, and that hospital staff had been trying to locate her parents for over an hour.