New Jersey Man Killed in Car Accident on Interstate 80Dec 14, 2012
A New Jersey man was killed on Sunday afternoon this past weekend when he lost control of the car he was driving on Interstate 80 in the state. Seven other people in his and another vehicle were injured in the crash.
According to a CBS News and Associated Press report, 22-year-old Alex Fermin, of Passaic, N.J., died when his car lost control in a westbound lane of the interstate highway over the weekend near Saddle Brook, N.J. Fermin’s car slammed into another vehicle in the other lane, forcing both cars onto a grass median on the side of the road.
As the cars flipped when they reached the median, Fermin was ejected from his vehicle and killed. Passengers in his car were seriously injured and transported from the scene to a local hospital for treatment.
The other car involved in the crash was carrying six people. They all sustained minor injuries. They were taken to a local hospital and later released.
There are no other details available about the accident.
Automobile accidents occur hundreds of times a day across the country and they seem to be happening at an increasingly alarming rate. They most often involve younger drivers who are less experienced behind the wheel and are more likely to become distracted while driving.
Recently, in response to the growing popularity of mobile devices like phones and tablets and their availability to the Internet and younger drivers more often being distracted behind the wheel, local and state governments have launched campaigns warning of the dangers of distracted driving, namely texting while driving.
According to data compiled in 2009 by AAA Foundation, more than 1 in 6 automobile accident fatalities are caused by a driver who was distracted by a cell phone or other device.