The man who crashed a Ford Explorer that killed three members of his family this month, including an 11-year-old and a pregnant woman, told police he was drinking and “probably twice the legal limit [of alcohol]” at the time of the accident.
The family was heading home from a birthday party when alleged drunk driver, Luis E. Torres of Jersey City, lost control of the Explorer on Route 15 South, flipped the vehicle and crashed into a home, ejecting many of the nine passengers and killing three family members.
Lucila Colon, 62 and her granddaughter, Tevia Booth, 11, were dead at the scene, while Julissa Colon, 36, who was five months pregnant, was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after. Her unborn baby did not survive.
Torres was charged with multiple counts of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Motor vehicle accidents claim the lives of hundreds of people a day, many times due to reckless driving or negligent drivers on the road. When you are celebrating Labor Day weekend, be sure to take precautions when driving and remain vigilant on the road. Do not operate your vehicle under the influence of alcohol, or allow anyone under the influence to drive you around.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to the negligence of another drive, contact the accident attorneys at Spevack Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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Spevack’s Did You Know: New Jersey had 627 fatal traffic accidents in 2011, 193 of which involved alcohol-impairment.