Freehold, NJ – Woman Killed, Three Children Hospitalized After Collision at Siloam Rd and Old Turkey Swamp RdNY/NJ Legal News
Freehold, NJ (July 15, 2022) – On Thursday, July 14th, a three-vehicle crash happened on a rural road in Freehold Township that left a woman from Ocean County dead and her three children in the hospital.
At about 5:00 p.m., members of the Freehold Township Police Department, the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office responded to the area of Old Turkey Swamp Road and Siloam Road.
Upon their arrival, emergency responders discovered that three vehicles had been involved in a collision: a Honda CR-V SUV driven by a 34-year-old man from Jackson, a Chrysler Pacifica minivan driven by a 42-year-old woman from Ocean Township, and a Ford F-350 pick-up truck driven by a 53-year-old man from Little Egg Harbor Township.
The driver of the minivan died at the scene. Her 3-year-old daughter was airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where she is still listed in critical condition.
The deceased’s other two children, 9 and 13 years old, were taken by ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
An investigation determined that the Ford pick-up truck traveled out of the southbound lane of Siloam Road and clipped the Honda SUV before crashing head-on into the minivan.
Both surviving drivers remained at the scene.
The circumstances behind the crash remain under active investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their family in hopes of a full recovery.
Proving Negligence in a New Jersey Wrongful Death
Showing negligence in a wrongful death case does not meet the same burden of proof required in a criminal case. Where criminal cases are involved, a prosecutor’s job is to establish that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Wrongful death is a civil matter that must be established via the legal concept of negligence.
To show liability in wrongful death, the claimant will have to show that all four elements of negligence existed at the time of the accident.
The first of these is proving that a duty of care was owed to the deceased. In legal parlance, this means that the at-fault party owed the victim a basic level of consideration for their safety and well-being. This care is exhibited by obeying traffic lights, speed limits, stop signs, and other safety measures.
The second element involves proving that this duty was violated. This means showing that the at-fault party violated the duty of care they owed to the victim. Taking into account the circumstances leading up to the accident and the knowledge they had when it occurred, proving that the at-fault party knew or reasonably should have known that their carelessness (the violation of duty) could potentially cause injuries or death.
The third element is causation, which is simply proving that the at-fault party’s violation was the proximate cause of the wrongful death. Had the violation not occurred, the accident would not have occurred, and the death could have been prevented.
And finally, the fourth element is establishing that some form of injuries or other damages were incurred from the accident.
The Metro Law wrongful death attorneys are reachable around the clock to help the bereaved surviving family members by making sure they stay updated on their claim’s progress and answering their questions about the legal process that follows the unforeseen loss of a loved one.
If your family member lost their life in an accident caused by negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys at the Metro Law Offices in New Jersey by calling (800) 469-6476 to find out what legal action is right for you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.