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Driver violating Gov. Murphy’s order kills 3, including an 8-month old baby.


Driver violating Gov. Murphy's order kills 3, including an 8-month old baby.

At 6:30 p.m. on March 27, 2020 Patrick Monahan, 38 of Staten Island, who told police he was “out visiting friends” killed three people Friday night, one of which was an eight-month-old baby, in Perth Amboy, according to the acting Middlesex County prosecutor and Perth Amboy police. A search of his 2018 Ram 1500 pick-up truck also revealed suspected controlled dangerous substances, said police, who did not specify what the drugs were.

According to police the drive, Patrick Monahan was driving aggressively, cutting in and out of traffic, said police. He was also recorded driving 40 miles per hour faster than the posted speed limit and then struck a Ford minivan on Convery Boulevard, said Perth Amboy police.

The minivan’s passengers, Maria De Lourdes Aguerra, 47, and Maria Garcia, 44, both of Elizabeth, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. An 8-month-old infant in the minivan was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, but died Saturday.

“Monahan’s alleged conduct occurred in violation of Executive Order 107 issued by the Honorable Governor Philip D. Murphy on March 21, 2020 which restricts non-essential activities in the State of New Jersey,” the release states. “Monahan, a resident of Staten Island, New York informed detectives that he was in New Jersey at the time of the incident to visit friends.”

Monahan was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the first degree, three counts of vehicular homicide in the second degree and one count of aggravated assault in the third degree. In addition, after he told police he was out visiting friends, he was also charged with three counts of Violation of Law Intended to Protect Public Health and Safety and Recklessly Causing Death in the second degree, one count of Violation of Law Intended to Protect Public Health and Safety and Recklessly Causing Bodily Injury in the fourth degree, and one count of Violation of an Emergency Order. (via Patch)

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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.