Readington, NJ – John Monahan Killed When Auto Hauler Runs Red Light on Rt 202

Readington, NJ – John Monahan Killed When Auto Hauler Runs Red Light on Rt 202

Readington, NJ (August 12, 2022) – A man died on Monday, August 8th when his car was one of two struck by an auto hauler that ran a red light on Route 202. 

The victim has been identified as 77-year-old John Monahan, a resident of the Three Bridges neighborhood of Readington.  

At about 2:30 p.m., police from Raritan Township responded to the scene in the area of Dory Dilts Road. 

According to sources, an open multiple-car carrier trailer was heading northbound on Route 202 at the same time that a Nissan commercial van and a Nissan Altima were traveling westbound on Dory Dilts Road. Witnesses stated that the hauler blew through the red light and collided with the van and the Altima as they were crossing the intersection. 

Both of the van’s occupants were transported to nearby hospitals in non-life-threatening conditions.  

Monahan, who was driving the Altima, sustained critical injuries. He died after being transferred to Hunterdon Medical Center. 

The driver of the auto transporter, 56-year-old Joseph Boettinger Jr., a resident of West Orange, was treated for non-critical injuries at the scene. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. John Monahan, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Failure to Yield Accidents in New Jersey

Readington, NJ - John Monahan Killed When Auto Hauler Runs Red Light on Rt 202

A report issued by a private organization that reviews crash data provided by insurance companies shows that failing to yield is the fourth most common cause of fatal New Jersey car accidents, after speeding, driving while drunk, and failing to maintain a lane. It is also one of the main causes of car accidents throughout the United States.

When drivers fail to yield, it can cause multiple types of serious accidents, such as head-on and side-impact collisions.

There are several reasons why one driver might violate another driver’s right of way. The ones that are seen most frequently in New Jersey include: 

  • Drunk Driving: Alcohol reduces your reaction time and impairs your judgment. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs could fail to yield to pedestrians or other cars. There are also certain prescription medications that can hinder someone’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
  • Fatigued Driving: When a driver is severely fatigued or overly tired, they might not have the capacity to give their undivided attention to their surroundings. They are also less likely to correctly judge distances and might fail to notice that another driver has the right of way.
  • Distracted Driving: When a driver is distracted by something outside or inside their vehicle and, as a result, they fail to pay attention to the roadway, they could disregard the right of way of others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving is any action that redirects someone’s attention away from driving, like texting or talking on your phone, drinking or eating, talking to passengers, or using the stereo.

Failing to yield at a crosswalk can also cause dangerous accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. These groups are particularly vulnerable because they have no safeguards against any impact. 

Our firm has advocated tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure their rights are guarded after being injured in an avoidable Utah accident. If you have been seriously injured, contact our vehicle accident attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help 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.