Date Published: 2020/01/13
Two men from New York were charged after a police chase on Route 80 that ended in a crash in Hackensack Wednesday afternoon, January 8.
According to police reports, 28 year-old Deiby Valdez-Santos and 26 year-old Jose Rodriguez-Castillo sped off in a Honda sport after ta police officer tried to pull then over at around 1 p.m.
Valdez-Santos then tried to make an abrupt turn from the far left lane into the I-80 in Hackensack, but the car went up onto the grassy median, hitting a wall and then landing on its side. Another vehicle was side swiped but no one was injured in that vehicle.
Valdez-Santos and Rodriguez-Castillo both sustained minor injuries from the crash, but refused medical treatment. Valdez-Santos was charged with one count of eluding and one count of possession of marijuana. Rodriguez-Castillo was charged with possession of marijuana.
We’re glad no one was seriously hurt in this crash. We hope both drivers learn their lesson and is more responsible on the road next time.
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