New Jersey Residents Suffer Injuries and Fatalities in Series of Automobile Accidents

New Jersey Residents Suffer Injuries and Fatalities in Series of Automobile AccidentsA series of car accidents – one on August 8, another on August 10 and a third on August 11 – have caused a number of injuries and one death to several residents of New Jersey. The first of these incidents occurred in Hudson, Florida, while the other two took place within the borders of the state.

According to a story in the St. Petersburg Times, the first accident took place on U.S. Route 19. James Risener, a Hudson resident, father of three and grandfather to many, was driving steadily on the afternoon of August 8 when he suddenly veered onto the shoulder, without warning, as reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Risener allegedly pulled back onto the main road too quickly, a maneuver that sent him careening across the highway, over the median and into a head-on collision with a car on the other side of the road.

The news source reports that the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Risener as having died at the scene, as did Marti Patrick Smith, a Spring Hill resident who was a passenger in the car Risener’s vehicle crashed into. The driver of that car, identified as Francis Yeager of West New York, New Jersey, was alive but seriously injured. Authorities removed Yeager from his car and air-lifted him to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. As of August 10, Yeager was still in critical condition.

FHP officials are still investigating the crash, although they were delayed by inclement weather, according to the news source.

Released driving records of James Risener state that he had incurred more than nine speeding tickets between 1999 and 2009. During March of that year, his license was suspended for 30 days, and he was in a crash during that November when he received a citation for careless driving. Additionally, the FHP reported that he had not worn a seat belt in the accident that claimed his life.

Two days later in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, a two-vehicle crash occurred on State Route 35, claiming the life of an as yet unidentified motorcycle operator, according to the MyCentralJersey news provider. Allegedly, a vehicle attempting to turn onto Route 35 from Clark Avenue was struck by the motorcycle in the early evening hours of August 10.

Representatives of the Perth Amboy Police Department stated that witnesses to the accident claimed that the motorcycle had been traveling extremely fast. The motorcycle operator, who was only listed by the news provider as a resident of Union Beach, was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. The driver and single passenger of the other vehicle suffered only minor injuries, and were taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center for treatment.

The news provider reports that the Perth Amboy Police, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police were still conducting a collaborative investigation of the incident as of August 11.

On the morning of Thursday, August 11, a serious collision took place between a car and a large commercial truck on State Route 571 in Toms River. According to Toms River News, despite the severity of the accident, only the driver of the car was hurt, and the truck driver did not sustain any injuries.

Allegedly, the eastbound roll-off truck struck the front end of a sedan attempting to turn onto Route 571 at approximately 8 a.m. Toms River Police stated that the driver of the sedan became trapped in the vehicle, and had to be extricated by firefighters from the Pleasant Plains and Silverton fire companies. Area paramedics treated the driver on the scene before he was airlifted to Jersey Shore Trauma Center in nearby Neptune.