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New Jersey woman dies after truck crosses into her lane

An employee may be passed over for a promotion or a raise for not paying attention at work. If the error results in a serious loss for the company, the worker's job could be at risk. Distracted working incidents are wake-up calls, even when a second chance means finding new employment.

Driving is a job, even though many Bergen County motorists might not feel that way. The task at hand requires training, special licensing, skills, coordination and attention to detail. If you drop the ball behind the wheel, the personal and financial losses you or someone else feels may be permanent.

A mid-week crash in Monmouth County was fatal for a Sea Girt woman. A pickup truck drifted across the center line of a Howell Township road and struck the side of the victim's Subaru Forester. The car spun left and, as it was circling, was rear-ended by another vehicle, before stopping on the shoulder.

Authorities said the truck driver was a 24-year-old Morganville man. Witnesses told police the Forester driver unsuccessfully tried to swerve away as the truck entered the oncoming traffic lane.

A police officer on his way to work saw the car accident and pulled over to administer CPR. The victim was pronounced dead about an hour after the crash. The pickup driver was hospitalized with a leg injury and possible neck and head damage.

Investigators spent the day piecing together evidence, but brought no charges. Police did not say what caused the truck driver to abandon his lane of travel.

Talking on a cellphone or texting and driving may lower boredom or help alleviate fatigue, but the activities can be dangerous. In New Jersey, cellphone use and texting while driving are primary offenses. Officers don't need any other excuse to ask a driver to pull over.

Inattentive drivers also may end up in civil court, where negligent motorists can be ordered to compensate the people they harm.

Source: The Star-Ledger, "Authorities identify woman killed in fatal Route 34 crash in Howell Print" Rob Spahr, Jan. 08, 2014

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