When people think of driving under the influence in New Jersey, most think only about alcohol. Impaired driving, however, also includes people who drive while under the influence of drugs. Drugs that can impair driving include both illegal ones as well as certain legally prescribed and over the counter medications.
At approximately 2 a.m. on May 18, a fatal accident took the life of a 49-year-old Sparta man in Bernards Township on Route 287. A 25-year-old man from Mendham was going north and lost control of his vehicle, and struck the center median of the highway. Then the car spun out cross all three lanes of the highway, crashing into the guardrail on the right side of the road before it came to rest in the right and center lanes, according to police.
Three people were injured and one person died in an accident that occurred on May 11. The accident happened around 1:25 a.m. on the northbound side of the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark. According to investigators, the collision occurred when a female driver lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a barrier on the turnpike. Local reports were unable to discern whether or not the driver was one of the people injured in the collision. Police charged her with driving while intoxicated.
A car accident that occurred on Route 46 on April 19 left a Bergen County Police Officer with life-threatening injuries. According to the report, the crash was caused by a 36-year-old male teacher at Lodi High School.
A 40-year-old man from East Brunswick is said to have caused a five-car crash in East Windsor while under the influence of alcohol. The accident occurred at around 2:40 p.m. on March 28 on Route 130 by the intersection with Town Center Road. The driver was behind the wheel of a black Mercedes-Benz as he headed south on Route 130 towards the left-turn lane.
A late night accident in the city of Bayonne resulted in the death of one man and criminal charges for another. The collision occurred close to the intersection of East 29th Street and Broadway.
A New Jersey jury in Somerset County examined evidence in the courtroom and at the accident scene to determine if a woman was behind the wheel of a BMW when it struck and killed a man on Interstate 78 in Warren. Prosecutors said the woman first admitted she was the driver, but later claimed her husband had been driving the car. Prosecutors suggest that she was lying so that she could escape a vehicular homicide conviction that could put her in prison for up to 10 years. On March 17, the jury convicted the woman of the charge.
Police have said that a driver involved in a fatal New Jersey car accident on Dec. 27 was driving while intoxicated. The accident happened at approximately 3 a.m. on Interstate 80 in Hardwick Township in Warren County. According to police, a 23-year-old female driver was driving east in the westbound lanes. She reportedly crashed head-on into a car driven by a 22-year-old female.
Residents of New Jersey may be interested in a fatal car accident that occurred recently in the early morning hours of Dec. 27 on Route 80 in Hardwick Township. The auto accident was allegedly caused by a 23-year-old woman who was driving the wrong way on the highway around 3 a.m., according to a State Police spokesperson. She was allegedly driving while intoxicated. Her Honda Accord hit a Mitsubishi Gallant head-on.
During the early morning hours of Nov., a 20-year-old man allegedly caused a car accident in Mahwah that resulted in the injury of two other individuals. The Ramapo College student was reportedly driving on Woods Road when he veered into oncoming traffic and rammed into a southbound vehicle head-on.