Date Published: 2020/03/17
A man from Newark was arrested after a multi-vehicle crash in Kearny Friday night, March 13, that left one person dead from their injuries.
53 year-old William Frazier was driving in a Nissan Altima on the westbound lanes of Harrison Avenue when his vehicle crossed over to the eastbound lane and struck a 2018 Kia Soul, which then veered into the path of a 2009 Freightliner truck.
26 year-old Vance Caswell from Newark, a passenger in the Kia sustained critical injuries and was transported to St. Michael’s Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Kia and the Freightliner both sustained minor injuries and were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Frazier has been arrested and charged with Causing a Death While Driving with a Suspended License in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:40-22a.
Additional charges and summonses may be pending.
We would like to send our condolences to the family of the bereaved, we hope they are able to find the strength and courage to move forward from this tragic accident. We also hope those who were injured recover from their injuries quickly.
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