Toms River, NJ – Judith Morillo-Rosario Fatally Struck After Exiting Vehicle on Garden State PkyNY/NJ Legal News
Ocean Co, NJ (October 04, 2022) – A woman who got out of an SUV on the Garden State Parkway was killed by a hit-and-run driver who then fled the scene on Sunday, October 2nd in Ocean County.
At about 7:20 p.m.,53-year-old Judith Morillo-Rosario, a resident of Wanaque, was struck by a southbound vehicle in the area of mile marker 87.2 in Toms River.
She died at the scene.
Morillo-Rosario was a passenger in the vehicle when it pulled over on the Parkway. The driver of the SUV, a 66-year-old man from Wanaque, was apprehended for drunk driving.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Judith Morillo-Rosario, at this time.
Drunk Drivers in New Jersey
Personal injury suits against drunk drivers are subject to numerous limitations, and winning your lawsuit is only the halfway point of your fight.
The permanent injury condition that applies to non-economic damages still applies in cases involving drunk drivers.
This means that similar to any other accident where Personal Injury Protection benefits come into play, a victim may only sue a drunk driver for non-economic losses, those arising from subjective, non-monetary damages, if they sustained a permanent injury such as dismemberment, disfigurement, death, or the function of or loss of a body part.
The law divides damages into two categories: compensatory, which are intended to compensate the victim, and punitive, which are intended to serve as a punishment for the defendant and a warning to others.
Punitive damages are obtainable in New Jersey only when the negligent party behaved with willful and deliberate indifference to the safety of others.
Unfortunately, a court-ordered judgment is only helpful if the defendant is able to pay. More often than not, however, the driver is unable to pay the damages on their own so, once again, it becomes a matter of insurance.
If you were hit by a driver under the influence, contact a New Jersey car accident lawyer from Metro Law by calling (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.