DWI Incidents in Somerset and Middlesex Counties Illustrate Potential Consequences of Drinking and Driving in New Jersey

An Ocean County man was arrested after an alleged DWI car crash in Montgomery Twp., NJ. According to one news report, a resident of Brick, NJ, apparently lost control of his car along a stretch of Cherry Valley Rd., which left the roadway and crashed in what police described as a rollover accident. The driver was reportedly headed west along Cherry Valley a little after noon on a Tuesday when the incident occurred.

As New Jersey DWI defense attorneys, I and my staff know that there is no better way to call attention to oneself than to cause or be involved in an automobile accident. If one or more of the motorists involved in the wreck are found to be drunk at the time of the accident, there is a good chance that a drunken driving summons will be issued. Aside from the monetary penalties associated with a DWI or drug DUI conviction, social stigma, loss of friends and business associate and even a foreshortened career are all possible scenarios.

Brick Driver Hurt in Alcohol-related Single-car Rollover Crash
Based on news reports, the accident in Montgomery Twp. involved a 1998 Subaru Forrester. The driver, 56-year-old Michael Kubas, received several non-critical injuries after the vehicle struck several trees and then wound up on upside down off to the side of the road. Montgomery and Princeton Township EMS and first responders treated the man and then transported him to Helene Fuld Medical Center.

According to police, Mr. Kubas was cited for several traffic violations, including failing to maintain his lane, careless driving, not wearing a safety belt, not to mention driving under the influence of alcohol. At the time of the news article, the driver was scheduled to appear in Montgomery Municipal Court in Hillsborough, NJ.

Plainsboro Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal DWI Crash
Following another DWI-related accident, a driver from Plainsboro reportedly pled not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in a Middlesex County courtroom. The 25-year-old man had allegedly caused a single-car accident in South Brunswick, which resulted in the death of one of his passengers. That crash, which occurred on a Saturday morning, resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Edison, NJ, resident. The victim, Pavan Gottumukala, was seated in the rear seat of the vehicle at the time of the DWI-related accident.

According to news articles, another passenger (female passenger in her 20s) was seated in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time of the collision. Police reports indicate that the vehicle was traveling towards Plainsboro, NJ, along a stretch of Dey Rd.when the driver apparently lost control. The car then reportedly smashed into a utility pole a little before 4am. Police stated that the victim was ejected from the vehicle on impact.

Gottumukala was taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for emergency treatment of his injuries, however he died a short time later. The driver and other passenger were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to information coming out of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office, the defendant, Rohit Maddineni, was charged with aggravated manslaughter; following the defendant’s plea, the court held the man’s bail at $300,000 pending trial.

Plainsboro man who killed passenger in crash pleads not guilty to manslaughter, NJ.com, April 03, 2012
Brick man charged with DWI after he’s extracted from a rolled Subaru in Montgomery accident, NJ.com, March 28, 2012