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Police Report Says Princeton Man Charged in Fatal Crash May Have Had Mental Health Issues

By Lependorf & Silverstein on April 10, 2013

As reported by nj.com, the 20-year-old man who has been charged with causing the death of a retired Princeton University rabbi last week in a car crash has a history of mental health issues.  The man, who, according to the police report, was taken to a psychiatric hospital after the incident, had had an earlier encounter with police.

Police responded to a call from the accused man’s home from the father who reported that his son was acting wildly and throwing things inside the home.  When police arrived at the home, they found the property trashed.  He would not say how it happened, but he did tell police that he was taking the drugs Zoloft for depression and Lamictal for mood stabilization.  He told police that in September of 2012, he had attempted to wound himself with a knife.

According to the police report, the father and his son had argued about his son’s use of marijuana, but that argument had not led to a physical fight between them.

The crash occurred on March 28th, when the accused crashed his BMW into a parked car, causing a chain reaction collision and killing the retired Princeton University rabbi.  The charge against the driver believed to have mental health issues is assault by auto and death by auto.  No court date has yet been scheduled.  Bail has been set at $100,000.  The accused man’s attorney declined to comment on the police report, but did say this case is a tragedy on several levels.

The New Jersey auto accident attorneys at the firm of Lependorf & Silverstein know the importance of holding at-fault drivers responsible for their negligence or careless actions.  If you have suffered injuries in a car accident that was another’s fault, contact one of our personal injury attorneys.  We have the experience to help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled.  Call (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.

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