Andover, NJ – Andrew Benavente, Two Children, One Other Killed in Fiery Two-Car Crash on Newton-Sparta Rd near Limecrest RdNY/NJ Legal News
Andover, NJ (May 30, 2023) – A retired policeman and his two children were killed Friday, May 26, in a car crash on Newton-Sparta Road. Reports indicate the collision happened at around 4:00 p.m. that afternoon.
The other involved driver was also killed, only identified as a 22-year-old. The policeman was identified as Andrew Benavente, age 36. His 13-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter also lost their lives in the collision.
Benavente was traveling on Newton-Sparta Road near Limecrest Road in his Ford Ranger pickup when he was involved in a collision with a 2021 Jeep Rubicon operated by a 22-year-old individual. The collision was head-on, sources said.
All four victims were trapped inside their vehicles at the scene. Benavente and his two children were pronounced deceased on-site by medical professionals.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time.
Fatal Car Crashes in New Jersey
Fatal car crashes take the lives of over 100 people per day in the United States and about 40,000 people per year throughout the country. These numbers are alarming, especially when we consider the most common cause of car accidents which is negligent drivers. Negligent drivers cause over 90% of reported car crashes each year throughout the country. In New Jersey, tens of thousands of people are injured per year, and thousands more lose their lives due to car crashes.
With more than 6 million vehicle collisions reported annually, this means that approximately 5 million accidents happen because of distractions, speeding, intoxication, and other acts of negligence demonstrated by American drivers. Driver distraction is most likely the most common form of driver negligence seen today due to people constantly being on their cell phones, having to check their social media, texts, etc. Looking down at your phone while driving 55 mph is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. This is extremely dangerous and puts your life, as well as everyone in your vehicle and those around you on the road, at serious risk for severe injuries or even death.
If you have recently lost someone you love due to the actions of a negligent driver, you should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can. Though this may seem like no time to think about money, you may be facing steep expenses related to the passing of your loved one in an accident. A car crash attorney can help you get the funds needed to cover these costs and more. Even damages, such as pain, suffering, loss of life enjoyment, emotional turmoil, and more, are eligible for financial compensation, depending on the uniqueness of your case. If your life has been drastically affected by the loss of your family member, you may qualify for significant compensation for a long list of damages.
Call a wrongful death lawyer in Andover at (800) 469-6476 at the law office of Metro Law to learn more about how we can help you financially recover after you have lost a loved one in a negligently caused traffic accident.