Pequannock, NJ – Jill Altman Russo Killed, Cyclist Injured by Reckless Driver on 229 Blvd

Pequannock, NJ – Jill Altman Russo Killed, Cyclist Injured by Reckless Driver on 229 Blvd

Pequannock, NJ (June 14, 2022) – A crash in Pequannock claimed the life of a local single mom and left a cyclist injured on Saturday, June 11th. 

Pequannock Township Police said that 55-year-old Jill Altman Russo was walking in the area of 229 Boulevard when she was hit by a 35-year-old woman driving a 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage at about 8:20 a.m.  

Russo was transported by paramedics to Chilton Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead a short while later.

A second victim, a person riding a bicycle, was also struck and hospitalized in non-critical condition.

This incident remains under investigation. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mrs. Jill Altman Russo, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Proving Negligence in a New Jersey Wrongful Death Claim

Pequannock, NJ - Jill Altman Russo Killed, Cyclist Injured by Reckless Driver on 229 Blvd

To show liability in a case of wrongful death, the claimant will have to demonstrate that all three of the below-listed elements existed:

  • Duty of Care: In legal parlance, a duty of care indicates that the liable party owed the deceased a basic level of consideration to make sure they were safe and keep them from harm. For instance, On the roadways, motorists owe each other a duty to follow all traffic ordinances and laws and act with reasonable care. 

Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals have a responsibility toward their patients to behave with a fundamental level of care. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner by making sure it is free from hazards such as wet floors without proper signage, malfunctioning or unserviced elevators, and improperly installed handrails in stairwells.  

  • Violation of Duty: Proving this element requires that you show that the person liable for the death violated the duty of care owed to the victim. Taking into consideration the circumstances and the knowledge the respondent had when the accident occurred, you will have to demonstrate that they should have known that somebody might sustain injuries or die due to their action or inaction.
  • Causation: In straightforward terms, proving this element means showing that the respondent’s breach of their duty was the direct cause of your loved one’s death. 

Establishing wrongful death in a personal injury claim is different than the burden of proof required in a criminal case. Where criminal cases are involved, it is a prosecutor’s job to show the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Wrongful death claims, however, are civil matters that must be proven via the legal theory of negligence. 

If your family member lost their life in an accident caused by negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys in Pequannock at (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.