New Jersey Woman Arrested for DWI following Near-fatal Drunk Driving Crash into Bay

A potentially fatal car crash involving alcohol turned out well, at least in part, for a young woman from Gloucester County, New Jersey, in late June. According to news reports, the accident happened at the end of Shellbay Avenue in Cape May Court House, NJ. Police and emergency crews were called to the scene of a car which had driven off a pier and into the bay in Middle Township.

As a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer, I’ve heard more than my fair share of tragic auto accident stories arising from driving while intoxicated. In this particular case, the 21-year-old driver will have to face the court over DWI-related charges, but at least she’s alive to talk about it.

Apparently police had received a 911 call just after 2pm on a Monday afternoon reporting that a car had gone over a bulkhead and was stuck front-end-down partially in the water, being held only by the safety railing at Carol Nicoletta Memorial Park. The driver, Jenna Davidson of Swedesboro, NJ, had been traveling east in her Toyota Camry Solara along on Shellbay Avenue when she failed to stop the vehicle as it entered the parking area.

The momentum of the vehicle took it over a concrete parking barrier as it continued eastbound through the park. It reportedly ran through the deck railing of a fishing pier at the far end of the park, plunging off the bulkhead and landing nose down in the bay. A tow truck called to the scene was able to secure the woman’s vehicle while emergency rescuers jumped into the water to remove Davidson from the car.

The woman was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for evaluation but was not admitted. According to police reports, Davidson was not only charged with careless driving and driving an uninsured vehicle, but also driving while intoxicated.

Driver charged with DWI after car plunges into the bay in Middle Township, PressofAtlanticCity.com, June 22, 2010