Gloucester Township, NJ – Hit and Run Claims Teen Victim on Sicklerville RdNew Jersey Legal News
Gloucester Township, NJ (July 10, 2019) – A fatal accident took place on Tuesday, July 9th when a teenager was struck by a car in front of his group home. The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m.
Officers from the Gloucester Township Police, along with other emergency response vehicles, arrived at the scene of the accident that involved a pedestrian being struck by an SUV on the 2000 block of Sicklerville Road.
The 18-year-old victim, Trohkeem Brantley, was a resident of the Youth Consultation Service group home and was enjoying some free time out in the front yard with some of his fellow residents when an SUV lost control, jumped the curb, ran into him, and then fled the scene.
Police arrived in time to find Brantley lying in the roadway and the driver of the SUV was nowhere to be found. Brantley received emergency medical transport to nearby Jefferson Washington Township Hospital. He died later that night as a result of his injuries.
As a search commenced for the SUV that fled the scene, the driver, 66-year-old Bruce Bennett, turned himself into the Gloucester Township Police. He was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
We offer our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr, Trohkeem Brantley. Our hearts go out to you during this incredibly difficult time.
Wrongful Deaths in Gloucester Township
The State of New Jersey will permit a claim for wrongful death to be filed in civil court, even in instances where a parallel criminal case has already been filed. Due to the fact that a wrongful death claim is a civil claim, it can only be filed directly by a beneficiary or a personal representative. Liability in a wrongful death lawsuit is denoted only in terms of financial damages.
The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to provide compensation to the surviving family members when the death of a loved one has been caused by the negligence or maliciousness of another person. Had the deceased survived the accident, they would be in a position to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party themselves, holding them accountable for their actions.
Due to the fact that the victim died, however, that same lawsuit is, instead, being filed by the surviving members of the family so that they are able to receive financial compensation for damages they have suffered, such as outstanding hospital bills, emergency services, burial and funeral expenses.
At Brady, Brady & Reilly, our attorneys realize the emotional and financial hardships that follow these types of tragic accidents. If you have lost someone you love due to a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver in New Jersey and you are considering filing a wrongful death suit, our wrongful death attorneys are here to work with you and see to it that you receive full financial compensation for the losses that you have endured.
Reach out to our law offices for a free consultation regarding a case that you feel you may have by calling us at (201) 997-0030 as soon as you can.
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