Date Published: 2019/12/18
A driver was arrested after fleeing from a police stop and crashing, leaving him with minor injuries Monday, December 16.
Police reports say that 29 year-old Kevin McNamara fled after being stopped by Officer Shawn Patton for speeding at around 1:15 a.m. McNamara kept going on Spring Valley Avenue and struck a curb around Pine Street, the police report continued.
McNamara sustained a wrist injury in the crash, but is expected to be okay.
McNamara was issued summonses for reckless driving, speeding, failing to have his vehicle inspected and not having insurance. McNamara was also charged with eluding.
We’re thankful no one was seriously injured in this crash. We hope the driver realizes his wrong-doings 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