A Mendham, NJ man has been charged with drunk driving for his alleged involvement in a three-car crash that killed one person.
New Jersey State Police said the 25-year-old suspect was involved in the fatal accident on Route 287 north in Bernard’s Township.
Police received reports of a BMW being driven erratically. According to a state trooper who responded the scene, the suspect lost control of his BMW and left the roadway before striking the guardrail. The crash left his car stopped on the road while blocking several lanes.
Things went from bad to worse when a 2007 Mercedes-Benz was unable to avoid hitting the suspect’s vehicle. Shortly after that collision, another car – a 2002 Chevy Tahoe – slammed into both of the vehicles. Tragically, the driver of the Mercedes had already gotten out of his car. As a result, he was killed in the crash. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene.
In addition to the fatality, there were other injured parties. Those injured were taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment.
The suspect has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Police have said that he could face additional charges in the crash because of the fatality, pending the results of an investigation.
In New Jersey, DWI violations are governed under N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. The statute imposes significant penalties for driving while intoxicated. If the suspect in this case is convicted of DWI, he could be facing jail time and a lengthy suspension of his driver’s license.
To learn more, access the NJ.com article entitled “Driver Charged with DWI after Fatal Bernards Route 287 Crash.“
If you are facing DWI or DUI charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.