Recently, a Vineland man was charged with vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto in connection to his alleged role in a car accident that killed a Hamilton Township teen in 2014.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, a grand jury indicted Nicholas Garreffi, 40, for the death of a 14-year-old Mainland Regional High School student in August 2014. Investigators say that Garreffi was under the influence of narcotics when he drove an SUV across the centerline of Route 40, striking a car driven by a friend of the victim, who was returning home from a charity soccer event.
The victim died a few days after the accident. It is unclear which narcotics were found in Garreffi’s system. The newspaper reported that the vehicular homicide charge carries a potential sentence of five to 10 years in state prison.
The Dangers of Drugged Driving
This accident displays the dangers of drugged driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines drugged driving as operating a vehicle while “affected by alcohol and/or other drugs, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, or illicit substances.”
Unfortunately, the agency estimates that one in eight American drivers at night, on the weekend, would test positive for illicit drugs if examined by authorities. This is scary because many of these substances affect a driver’s judgment, motor skills, perception and memory.
You should avoid drugged driving at all costs. If you have an addiction, please seek treatment before you put other people at risk by driving under the influence of a drug. Aside from criminal charges, you can be held civilly liable if you cause an accident resulting in injuries or death.
If a drunk or drugged driver has injured you or killed your loved one, we can investigate the accident and help you figure out your options. To see how we have helped car accident victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page.
Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys