A 24-year-old North Plainfield man has been charged with drunk driving
after crashing his car into the back of a tractor-trailer on Oct. 19.
His front-seat passenger was killed in the collision.
According to police, the man was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta in a southbound
outer lane of the New Jersey Turnpike around 4 a.m. when he rear-ended
a semi-truck near marker 93.5 in Woodbridge. His passenger, a 25-year-old
North Plainfield man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The
Middlesex County medical examiner determined he died of blunt-force injuries.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office has charged the man with driving
while intoxicated and death by auto. He pleaded not guilty in a New Brunswick
court hearing on Oct. 20, and he is being held on $100,000 bond.
In New Jersey, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol
content level above .08 percent. Anyone charged with
drunk driving could face severe consequences, including fines, probation, imprisonment
and license revocation.
Someone who has been arrested for drunk driving may benefit from the guidance
of a lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer may be able to dispute the evidence
police have gathered against a defendant. For example, an attorney may
determine that authorities did not have probable cause to pull over a
defendant's vehicle. A lawyer could also question the results of field
sobriety tests or breath tests such as a Breathalyzer or Alcotest. Depending
on the specifics of the case, it may also be possible to work out a plea
deal with prosecutors for a lighter sentence.
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, "Man Pleads not guilty in deadly Turnpike
crash," Oct. 22, 2014
Source: NJ.com, "Driver charged with DWI after crash kills passenger in Woodbridge",
Anthony G. Attrino, October 20, 2014