Middle Township, NJ, Resident Faces DWI Charges following Accident that Seriously Injured Passenger

A New Jersey driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after the vehicle in which he and another man were traveling crashed on Route 47 early on a Sunday morning. According to news reports, the accident occurred in Middle Township when 21-year-old Ryan Simcox of the township’s Rio Grande area apparently lost control of the vehicle.

As a result of the accident, Simcox’s passenger was thrown from the car. Based on police reports, 25-year-old Steven Adams was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed just before 3am near the Sonic restaurant at the Grande Center. The Whitesboro resident was thrown to the pavement and reportedly received serious injuries.

As a New Jersey drunk driving defense lawyer and former municipal prosecutor, I understand the complications that such an accident can cause to a DWI defense case. In this case, an eye witness told police that the driver was speeding through a parking lot, allegedly accelerating as he ignored several stop signs prior to losing control and driving through a safety fence and then into a ditch. The witness was reportedly a night watchman for a nearby Lowe’s store.

Adams was treated by emergency personnel and the airlifted by SouthStar medical helicopter to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. He was reportedly listed in fair condition later that day. According to police, Adams was not wearing his seat belt.

Simcox, who was not hurt in the crash, was arrested by police and charged with driving while intoxicated and assault by auto. He was placed in custody on $10,000 cash bail at the Cape May County Jail in Cape May Court House. A third occupant, the 21-year-old Elijah Adams, was uninjured in the accident and reportedly fled the scene before officers arrived. He was later found and taken into custody by police; he later posted bail.

Police said that both Simcox and Elijah Adams were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Driver charged with DWI in Middle Township crash that caused passenger to be ejected, PressofAtlanticCity.com, August 8, 2010