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Off-duty Jersey City officer charged after killing pedestrian

New Jersey residents are aware that numerous locals and tourists utilize the sidewalk system to get to and from their destinations. When drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings, pedestrians on the sidewalk or walking in a crosswalk could be in danger of being involved in a pedestrian accident. The massive size of a vehicle often means that a person cannot stand up against the impact of a collision. This often results in a fatal accident or one with serious injuries.

In recent news, an off-duty Jersey City police officer was accused of striking and killing a pedestrian with his vehicle. According to reports, the off-duty officer struck the 24-year-old pedestrian who was attempting to cross Kennedy Boulevard. The officer claims that he did not see the man until it was too late. In addition, authorities allege that the officer left the scene of the accident following the collision.

The emergency crew that responded to the accident transported the seriously injured pedestrian to the hospital where he later died. The off-duty officer was charged with aggravated manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident.

In addition to facing criminal penalties, the officer could also face civil liabilities. The loved ones of the deceased pedestrian could file a wrongful death claim. This could result in compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, damages, lost wages and pain and suffering.

A pedestrian accident can result in personal injury or fatalities. This is why it is especially important that drivers are alert and aware of pedestrians in the area and reduce their speeds as they approach crosswalks. Those affected by a pedestrian accident should understand their rights and options when it comes to receiving compensation.

Source: The Republic, “Jersey City officer arraigned on several charges stemming from fatal pedestrian accident,” Aug. 7, 2013

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