Franklin, NJ – Off-Duty Officer Charged in Fatal DUI Collision on Somerset St near Voorhees AveNY/NJ Legal News
Franklin, NJ (August 30, 2023) – As previously reported, two lives were taken by a traffic collision in Franklin on Sunday, August 27. Reports show the incident occurred on Somerset Street near Route 27.
Police arrested a 29-year-old off-duty officer in connection with the accident. He was charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular homicide on Wednesday, August 30, after he drunkenly crashed a vehicle and killed two of his passengers.
The accident took place on Somerset Street near Voorhees Avenue. The off-duty officer, identified as Amitoj Oberoi, was operating a 2007 Audi Q7 south on Somerset while speeding. He lost control and struck several trees, a utility pole, and lamp posts before stopping. Oberoi was taken to a local trauma center with injuries shortly afterward.
One of his passengers, age 24, was ejected from the vehicle during the collision. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical professionals.
A third passenger, age 20, was seated in the left rear of the vehicle when he became trapped inside due to the collision. He had to be extricated by fire crews and was also pronounced deceased on-site.
Authorities in Franklin continue to investigate the circumstances of the accident.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the families of the deceased victims.
New Jersey Car Crashes
Individuals who suffer injuries in car crashes often have their entire lives turned upside down. On average, in the state of New Jersey, more than 50,000 people suffer injuries in auto collisions each year. Sadly, hundreds of people are killed per year in auto collisions in the state of New Jersey. When we consider the number of auto accidents that happen per year throughout the entire United States, the number is close to about 6 million. Of these collisions, about 3 million individuals are hurt, and approximately 40,000 are killed. Sadly, most of the wrecks happen because of driver negligence.
Driver negligence is the main reason most people in the United States suffer serious injuries or even lose their lives. Driver negligence is a serious problem across the nation, causing over 4 million accidents per year. Sadly, thousands of people lose their lives annually due to the actions of negligent drivers. Drivers who allow themselves to travel at unsafe speeds while distracted, intoxicated, or overtired end up causing accidents that end in injuries and even fatalities.
When you or someone you love has been hurt in a car crash caused by a negligent driver, you should speak to a car crash attorney who can help you recover. A lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim for financial compensation so you can get the money you need to pay for medical bills, vehicle repairs, wage loss, and more. You may have suffered from several different damages that resulted from your accident, and an attorney will know the best way to help you get compensation to pay for them.
Even noneconomic damages like pain, suffering, loss of consortium, loss of life enjoyment, emotional turmoil, and more may be eligible for financial compensation when you work with a skilled lawyer. If you have lost a loved one in a crash caused by negligence, a wrongful death attorney in Franklin from the law office of Metro Law can help you file a wrongful death claim for all of the aforementioned damages as well as funeral costs and other expenses that may have stemmed from the passing of your family member.
Call Metro Law as soon as possible at (800) 469-6476 to talk to an attorney about getting help with your recovery.