A New Jersey man racked up a number of charges after causing two separate traffic accidents while driving under the influence of alcohol. The incidents took place fifteen minutes apart on the afternoon of March 30 in Sparta.
The 33-year-old drunk driver suffered serious injuries when his 2010 Honda Civic crashed into a 2009 Jeep Wrangler after he crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic. Rescuers from the Sparta Fire Department had to extricate him from the car. He experienced blunt trauma and severe injuries to his leg, which required him to be airlifted to the hospital. The Jeep's two passengers also suffered minor injuries and were transported to Newton Memorial Hospital to receive treatment.
Earlier in the afternoon, the same man caused a hit-and-run accident on Route 181 in the area of Signal Hill Trail. In that incident, he hit a guide rail before spinning out and then taking off when other vehicles stopped to help.
Officers investigating the accident determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol and charged him with DWI, reckless driving, and several other charges related to the second accident. The first accident brought a number of additional hit-and-run related charges for the driver, such as fleeing the scene of an accident with property damage. Further charges are possible as the investigation continues. Investigators are reconstructing the second accident to determine exactly what happened.
Drunk driving accidents are not uncommon and the damages caused by these incidents can be devastating. Those who are hit by a drunk driver sometimes find themselves incurring a number of costs related to medical expenses and car repair. Police typically investigate these cases to determine cause. The victims in an accident caused by a drunk driver are sometimes entitled to compensation for their costs.
Source: Hopatcong-Sparta Patch, "Drunk Driver Causes Two Crashes, Police Say," April 1, 2013