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Teen charged in DWI crash that cost brother leg

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2021 | Driving Offenses in NJ, Driving Offenses in NY |

A drunk driving crash in West Caldwell has cost an 18-year-old man his leg.

Prior to the crash, the victim had been trying to prevent his twin brother from getting behind the wheel intoxicated. He jumped on the hood of his vehicle while it was in motion to prevent him from driving. The brother driving lost control of the car and slammed into a tree before the victim could get off the hood.

Doctors deemed the victim’s leg unsalvageable and had it amputated. He will require 10 more surgeries, according to family members.

The brother driving has been charged with aggravated assault, vehicular aggravated assault while intoxicated in a school zone, leaving the scene of an accident and endangering an injured victim.

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