A tragic accident in front of a Walmart in Hamilton recently claimed the life of one woman, according to local sources. Police in the New Jersey township responded to the auto accident that killed a 30-year-old woman. Charges have not been filed at this time, but police are asking the support of the community in determining the cause of the accident.
What are the reported details of the incident?
The report filed by police in Hamilton indicate that a 63-year-old man was traveling northbound, heading for a Walmart shopping plaza, when the accident occurred. It appears the man attempted to turn left and cross oncoming traffic to enter the parking lot, when he struck a southbound minivan driven by a 22-year-old Trenton woman. The force of the impact ran the minivan off the road and into a tree.
The front-seat passenger in the minivan, a 30-year-old woman, was seriously injured. She died at the crash scene and was not been publicly identified by police, pending notification of her family. It appears no one else was harmed in the incident. Police are still unsure which driver may have been at fault for the crash, but their investigation is ongoing.
Legal options moving forward
If one or both drivers are deemed to have been materially responsible for the auto accident, criminal charges may follow. Even if no such charges are filed, New Jersey law allows the family of the deceased woman to file wrongful death claims against one or both drivers involved in the accident. Evidence of the driver(s) contribution negligence regarding the accident is required in order for the court to consider an award of damages in the form of a monetary judgment.