Date Published: 2019/12/10
A man from Basking Ridge was arrested for driving while intoxicated after being involved in two accidents last Friday, December 6.
According to police reports, 58 year-old Angelo Pallitta was involved in a hit-and-run on Route 202 at approximately 8:15 p.m. and then a second accident in a parking lot of a Wawa on Route 202 in Readington.
Pallitta, who sustained minor injuries in the hit-and-run refused medical treatment and failed sobriety tests. He was issued a motor vehicle summons for driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident.
We’re glad no one was seriously injured in this incident. We hope the driver learns from his mistakes and becomes a more responsible driver.
Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.
In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.
We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers