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Man pleads guilty to drunken vehicular homicide

The driver who killed a Jersey City man has pleaded guilty to charges of vehicular homicide in a New Jersey courtroom. The fatal accident, which happened in 2013, may lead to as many as 21 years of incarceration for the 22-year-old man.

The man admitted his guilt for charges of aggravated assault by auto, leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident and vehicular homicide in a Hudson County courtroom on March 27. The charges arose from an incident in which the man, who was driving drunk at the time, struck a 24-year-old man who had been walking on Paterson Plank Road. After killing the pedestrian, the man attempted to run away from the accident in his car. He hit several other vehicles in his attempt to flee, but he was detained by a Hoboken police officer only a few blocks away.

The prosecution has stated its intention to request a decade sentence each for the charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene, but only 18 months for aggravated assault. They will request that the sentences be served consecutively.

Those who have lost loved ones to a car accident have undergone a trauma of profound dimensions. Every aspect of their lives may be expected to suffer without the presence of their family member, and these injuries will have economic effects. It may be possible to consult with an attorney and find a way to enumerate the financial losses that have been suffered by the wounded family. A wrongful death lawsuit can ask for compensation for the loss of economic support that they had a right to expect to the grief and emotional trauma that they must bear.

Source: The Jersey Journal, "Bronx man pleads guilty to killing Jersey City dad in 2013 crash," Michaelangelo Conte, March 30, 2015

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