According to New Jersey State Police, the 25-year-old suspect was involved in a fatal car accident near mile marker 27.6 on Route 287 north in Bernard’s Township, NJ.
A state trooper on the scene said that the suspect’s BMW traveled off the roadway and struck the guardrail before ultimately coming to a stop while blocking several lanes. Police had already received earlier reports of the suspect’s car being driven erratically.
The accident got worse when a 2007 Mercedes-Benz slammed into the suspect’s vehicle. Another car – a 2002 Chevy Tahoe – then collided with both of the vehicles. Tragically, the driver of the Mercedes had gotten out of his car by this point and was killed when the Chevy Tahoe hit his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Multiple people involved in the accident were taken to Morristown Medical Center to be treated for injuries.
The suspect has currently been charged with DWI. Police indicated that he could face additional charges in the crash, pending the results of an investigation.
In New Jersey, drunk driving violations are addressed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50. As set forth by the statute, a conviction for DWI can result serious penalties, including jail time and suspension of the offender’s driver’s license.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Driver Charged with DWI after Fatal Bernards Route 287 Crash.“