A woman was killed while driving the wrong way on Route 18 in Old Bridge. She had been drinking with a friend when she left the bar and drove off in a car that was not hers, according to police.
Ashley Sara Chieco was driving a stolen 2011 Hyundai Tucson, the same car that was registered in her name. Chieco left in a similar vehicle but did not drive to the bar. She headed north in the southbound lane near Route 516, when she was involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by Dana Corrar.
Both women were treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where Chieco died from injuries sustained in the crash. Det. Richard Tulko of the Old Ridge Police Department said, “All indications right now are yes (she was intoxicated).” This was before the medical examiner released the toxicology report.
Potential Liability in Drunk Driver Accidents Injuring Innocent Motorists
In tragic situations like this one, there may be two liable parties. When a person causes an accident due to negligence, if he or she dies in the accident, his or her estate may still be held liable to any victims.
There is also a lesser-known avenue called dram shop liability. The victim of the drunk driving can seek legal action if it can be proved that the bar served alcohol to an obviously drunk person.
If you or a loved suffered serious injury because of a drunk driver, you need to know every avenue of action available to you. Whatever the practical or legal issues that arise out of a motor vehicle accident, attorneys of Spevack Law Firm are prepared to address them to meet and exceed client objectives and goals. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident, contact the attorneys of Spevack Law Firm immediately to ensure protect your rights.
Spevack’s Did You Know?: According to the NHTSA, in 2011 there were 179 alcohol-related fatal accidents in New Jersey.
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