Category Archives: Vehicular Homicide & Assault by Auto

Ocean County hit-and-run vehicle assault caused by Facebook dispute

Several Jackson Township men were recently involved in a Facebook dispute that culminated in a hit-and-run vehicle assault. Following the online argument, the driver allegedly stopped his vehicle in front of his rival’s house and threatened a group of men … Continue reading

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Court rules that victim’s failure to wear a seatbelt is admissible evidence in vehicular homicide case

In a recent vehicular homicide case, State v. Buckley, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that evidence relating to the victim’s seatbelt use was admissible. The case arose when the defendant, a North Brunswick police officer, lost control of his … Continue reading

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Union County woman sentenced to house arrest after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter

Dora Mendez, a 71 year old woman from Garwood, was put on house arrest in July after she admitted to killing a pedestrian when her car struck him and dragged his body across an intersection in downtown Westfield. The pedestrian, … Continue reading

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Judge opts for vehicular homicide over aggravated manslaughter

A New Jersey judge recently convicted drunk driver Kimberly Green of vehicular homicide for her involvement in a drunk driving accident that resulted in the death of a 20 year old South Brunswick woman. The accident took place in 2007 … Continue reading

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Death by auto vs. assault by auto charges in New Jersey DUI Cases

Assault by auto and death by auto (also called vehicular homicide) are two very similar crimes that are often charged when a person is injured or killed as a result of a reckless driving accident. Basically, vehicular homicide charges can … Continue reading

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Arrested for death by Auto in Jersey City

Death by auto occurs when a driver kills someone while driving recklessly, and when a person is driving drunk, there is a presumption that they are driving recklessly. The crime is considered a second degree offense and carries penalties of … Continue reading

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Plea deal in death by auto case in Essex County

First degree aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide (also referred to as death by auto) are two charges that may result when a person is charged with drinking and driving and an innocent person dies as a result. Sometimes, the prosecution … Continue reading

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New Jersey death by auto lawyer

As a criminal defense lawyer with over 35 years of experience, I’ve handled numerous death by auto cases and defended the charge on a regular basis. Cases involving death by auto charges require a great deal of sensitive negotiation for … Continue reading

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Assault by auto in New Jersey

A New Jersey man was recently arrested for assault by auto after he hit a 60 year old man with his vehicle while driving drunk. The man was crossing the street at a cross walk when the incident occurred, and … Continue reading

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Assault by auto in New Jersey

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with a criminal offense known as assault by auto when an injury occurs as a result of an individual’s reckless driving. This offense may be charged independently or it may be charged … Continue reading

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