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Man walks free from New Jersey jail, then dies

New Jersey 911 dispatchers received a phone call from a motorist, saying that moments earlier, he had been driving when he suddenly hit a motionless person lying in the road. Authorities dispatched officers to the scene so they could further investigate the situation. The details that unfolded from there tell of a tragic personal injury incident that ended in a fatality.

Investigators determined that it was not the man's vehicle that had killed the man who was lying in the road. In fact, they believed he had already been knocked to the ground by another motorist, who apparently had fled the scene. Police have ways of tracking people down, and they later caught up with the driver of the other car.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision that resulted in a fatality. Sadly, the person who died was a young man, age 30. No charges were filed against the second motorist who had telephoned authorities to alert them to the situation.

No information was provided to the public regarding any next of kin of the decedent. It was reported, however, that the man who died had just been released from prison that very day. Other New Jersey families have gone through similar circumstances in the past where they lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents. Many have gone on to pursue justice in their family members' memory by consulting with personal injury attorneys. With an attorney's help, they then file wrongful death claims against those deemed responsible for their great losses.

Source: abc7ny.com, "New Jersey man hit, and killed by car hours after being freed from jail", Accessed on March 12, 2018

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