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Pedestrian killed on New Jersey freeway

Authorities in New Jersey are continuing to investigate a fatal accident that occurred in Monmouth County on Tuesday, August 25. According to a county prosecutor’s spokesperson, a 71-year-old man was killed that morning as he was attempting to cross Route 18 in Neptune Township. Emergency responders were called to the scene of the collision, which happened between the northbound shoulder and the center median of the roadway near Exit 10, at 9:53 a.m. As of press time, reports indicated that no charges had been filed.

Few additional details about the incident were released. The Monmouth County prosecutor reached out to the public and asked anyone with information concerning the deadly incident to contact the prosecutor’s office or Neptune Township Police Department Traffic Division. In addition to these two agencies, Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team was also involved in the investigation.

When officers responded, they closed the roadway’s northbound lanes and diverted traffic to Route 33 while investigators worked at the scene.

Fatal pedestrian accidents may lead to charges once a suspect has been identified and all the facts of a case are known, but a conviction is not a foregone conclusion and may not offer a family who has suffered a loss a real sense of closure or any financial relief. To address these issues, an attorney could help the family with filing a wrongful death lawsuit in order to seek financial compensation from the liable party in civil court.

Source: Asbury Park Press, “Update: authorities ID pedestrian killed on Route 18,” Steph Solis, Thomas P. Costello and Andrew Ford, Aug. 25, 2015

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