While there are places in which a person knows he or she is unsafe, most people in New Jersey and across the country feel relatively safe while in the front yard of their residences. However, this may not always be the case. In fact, a teenager recently lost his life in a fatal accident that took place in front of the group home in which he lived. 

The incident happened on a day in July. According to reports, the 18-year-old male victim was on the front lawn with other residents. Unfortunately, the driver of a sports utility vehicle allegedly hopped a curb, striking the young man. The victim was taken to the hospital but ultimately passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Police say that the driver involved in the accident failed to remain at the scene. While they searched for an SUV with significant damage to its passenger side, windshield and hood, a 66-year-old man turned himself in to police. He was charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a fatal accident and then was released; it is unclear if additional charges are anticipated.

Unfortunately, a family is now left with the knowledge that their loved one was killed in a preventable accident. Often, funeral expenses and medical bills create an additional burden in an already difficult time. As such, many in New Jersey who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident such as this have chosen to seek recompense in a civil court. A successfully presented case could result in a monetary award that will help them cope with financial consequences of their loss.