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Chester driver causes 2 car accidents and 5 people injured

Five people were admitted to Morristown Medical Center on Friday, Oct. 18. A 44-year-old male driver from Chester, New Jersey, caused two car accidents and the injuries of those five people. Borough police responded to a report of a car accident with possible entrapment at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Friday evening.

Police officers established that the driver of a sedan had struck a minivan in a mall parking lot. He then exited the parking lot of the shopping center by driving through a red light onto Route 206. At that time, a southbound vehicle, carrying four people, was unable to avoid a collision and crashed into the reckless driver's sedan.

Following the second crash, the offender was trapped in his vehicle and extricated by the Chester Volunteer Fire Company. He was then transported to a medical center by helicopter. Medical personnel could not confirm the extent of the injuries to the people in the other two vehicles; however, they were transported to the same medical center by the Chester First Aid Squad.

Although it was reported that none of the injuries were life threatening, the car accidents were caused by the negligence of the offender and incurred unplanned medical expenses. A reasonable person might have foreseen the possibility of his actions to cause damage and therefore prevented it, which makes this a clear case of negligence. Those who were injured may choose to file a claim against the driver to obtain financial restitution. In circumstances where the law determines that an act of negligence was egregious, a New Jersey court may also consider the imposition of punitive damages, in addition to any compensatory damages awarded.

Source: NJ.com, Five people taken to hospital when Chester driver caused two car accidents., Justin Zaremba, 10/18/2013

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