Small driving mistakes often lead to large catastrophes. Such was the case in Hamilton Township just east of Trenton, when a 62-year-old man failed to stop at a red light. The resulting collision involved ten cars and one death.
A 62-year-old man was driving south on Route 130 just after noon, and he failed to stop for a red light in front of the Hamilton Market Place shopping center. He then drove into ten separate vehicles. One of the vehicles was driven by a woman who appeared to badly injured. She was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police did not release many details of the accident. No charges were pressed against the driver who missed the stoplight, and police did not say whether they found any evidence of driver impairment either from drugs or alcohol.
Police closed Route 130 for nearly three hours while they completed their examination of the scene. Police also stated that they were continuing their investigation. Many implications arise from this accident. The fact that the driver who ran the light hit ten cars raises several possible conclusions: the driver may have been drunk and never slowed after the initial impact. The driver may have been speeding; it’s difficult to imagine how a vehicle traveling at the post speed limit would have enough momentum to collide with ten other vehicles. Finally, although police did not comment on other injuries, if ten vehicles were damages, at least one or two or more individuals must have suffered injuries.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in similar circumstances may wish to seek damages for personal injury, medical expenses, lost present and future wages, any disability and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can offer a useful evaluation of the evidence and an opinion on the likelihood of recovering damages from the person or persons who were responsible for the accident.