Phillipsburg, NJ – Ashton Sultan Dies After Failure to Yield Accident on Memorial Pky

Phillipsburg, NJ – Ashton Sultan Dies After Failure to Yield Accident on Memorial Pky

Phillipsburg, NJ (June 24, 2022) – The driver that was involved in a car accident on Tuesday, June 21st in Phillipsburg passed away from injuries he sustained when he tried to avoid hitting a vehicle that pulled out in front of him and crashed into a utility pole. 

A Warren County prosecutor reported that the victim has been identified as 21-year-old Ashton Sultan, a resident of Jersey City. Sultan was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem Township.  

The crash took place at about 3:00 p.m. According to reports, Sultan’s Honda Civic was traveling westbound on Memorial Parkway in the area of Hillcrest Boulevard when another vehicle came through the turnaround just past the post office directly into his path.

Sultan overcorrected, slid, and struck a utility pole on the driver’s side.   

The at-fault driver fled the scene but has since been located through diligent police work.  

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Ashton Sultan, at this time.

Proving Negligence in a New Jersey Wrongful Death

Phillipsburg, NJ - Ashton Sultan Dies After Failure to Yield Accident on Memorial Pky

Proving negligence in a wrongful death claim is not the same as the burden of proof required for a criminal case. As far as criminal cases are concerned, the prosecutor’s job is to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Wrongful death claims, however, are civil matters that have to be proven through the legal premise of negligence. 

To prove liability in a case of wrongful death, the plaintiff will need to show that all three elements of negligence were present. 

The first of these is establishing that a duty of care was owed to the victim. In legal jargon, a duty of care means the liable party owed the victim a fundamental level of consideration to ensure they were not placing them in harm’s way. While driving, motorists have a duty to obey all traffic ordinances and laws and behave with reasonable care. Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals have a responsibility toward their patients to act with a basic level of care.

The second element of negligence is showing that this duty was breached. Proving this requires that you show that the person liable for the death breached the duty of care they owed to the deceased. Taking into account the circumstances surrounding the incident and the knowledge the defendant had at the time, you will need to prove that they should have been aware that somebody could be injured or killed due to their carelessness.

The third element is causation. In plain terms, this means proving that the defendant’s breach of their duty was the immediate cause of your loved one’s death. 

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.