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Motorist Killed by Runaway Tire on Garden State Parkway

Posted on Mar 10, 2011

March 10, 2011 - Kenilworth, NJ - According to a report from NJ.com, a motorist from Matawan was killed by a runaway tire on Garden State Parkway. 

On February 27, a Honda Accord was going north on the parkway when the left rear tire and rim detached and bounced over the median. The tire then crashed into the front windshield of a Hyundai Sonata being driven by Russell Seratelli, 47, who died at the scene of the Garden State Parkway car accident.

The passenger of the Sonata was his daughter Danielle Seratelli, 25, who was not injured in the crash. Police investigated the fatal car accident, including questioning the driver of the car with the runaway tire.

These types of car accidents are not common but when they do occur, they often end tragically. In 1998, a mother of 3 was killed in a runaway tire accident when the front wheel of a Jeep Wrangler came loose and crashed through her minivan's windshield.

In 1996, there were 2 other reported cases of runaway tire accidents, which separately ended in the death of a father of 2 and a 28-year-old woman.

If you have been injured in a car accident that was the result of faulty or defective equipment (such as a runaway tire) or negligence on behalf of the other driver, then you may be entitled to receive compensation through a personal injury claim.

Consulting with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney should be your next step in order to determine your legal options.

As a service to the residents of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • single-car accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers.

If you have been named in this blog or you are the victim's family member or friend and would like the blog removed from our website, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly accommodate your request.

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