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5 killed in car accident involving construction vehicle

On May 18, 2020, five people were killed when the SUV they were driving collided with a construction vehicle on Route 3 in Bergen. The accident occurred at 10:45pm on Route 3 west when the Nissan Rogue rear ended the front loader construction vehicle that was also headed west on Route 3 after pulling onto the highway from a exit ramp. The SUV driver, Michelle Toledo, 38, along with passengers Irvina Gee, 20, Sheckylle Chain, 23, and Ayana Navas, 16, all of Paterson, died at the scene of the devastating wreck, authorities said.

There was also a 4 year old child who was briefly resuscitated but later succumbed to his injuries at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The operator of the vehicle was returning to the Route 3 construction site after dropping a load off at the construction yard. The driver of the construction vehicle was not injured and is cooperating with authorities. Local police are continuing to investigate the crash.

Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

Clark Law Firm has a long history of experience with motor vehicle accident cases. Due to the dangerous nature of operating a motor vehicle strict laws are in place to help the motoring public keep themselves and others out of harms way. Motor vehicle laws are in place not only to protect the fellow motoring public but also those who travel close to streets and roads including pedestrians.

Failure to comply with the rules of the road can result in fellow motorist or pedestrians being needlessly killed or injured. Clark Law Firm has a long history of bringing justice to those who have been the victims of others reckless endangerment in cases such as the following.

On July 21, 2012, at approximately 2:23 a.m., plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped at a red light on Broadway in Long Branch, New Jersey. Defendant, was the operator of vehicle owned by defendant, traveling eastbound on Broadway. Defendant, was traveling eastbound on Broadway and collided into the rear of the vehicle in which plaintiff was a passenger. Defendant, stated he did not see the vehicle in which plaintiff was a passenger in. She suffered injuries to her cervical spine.

Our client’s counsel, Gerald H. Clark, Esq. showed the defendant failed to properly obey motor vehicle laws and operated his vehicle in a careless manner. Defendant’s counsel alleged that defendant had not make proper observations that lead to the accident. Defendant admitted that he did not see the vehicle when he rear ended it. Defendants reckless operation of the vehicle resulted in the permanent injuries of our client. The case was ultimately settled for $460,000.00.

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