Crime

Drunk Driver Causes Chain-Reaction Crash, Kills Three People

| by Tony Tran

Law enforcement officials arrested a New Jersey man accused of driving drunk on Saturday morning and causing a crash that killed three people including a pregnant woman.

Bhavuk Uppal, 22, had already been arrested six times since 2009 when he caused a crash on Route 80 in Rockaway Township on Saturday, according to NJ.com. His arrests span six years and range from theft to failure to give a controlled substance to law enforcement officers.

Judge William McGovern raised Uppal’s bail at his hearing on Monday in Morristown from $300,000 to $750,000.

The incident occurred at around 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning when Uppal collided with a Kia. A man, woman and an 18-month-old baby were reportedly in the vehicle that was hit.

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This crash sparked a chain reaction, in which the Kia hit a Jeep in front of it carrying two people. Both people in that vehicle survived the crash with non-life threatening injuries.

The Kia erupted in flames, according to NJ.com. All three inside were killed. At the bail hearing, it was revealed that the woman had been 18 weeks pregnant at the time of the collision.

Uppal, who is from Mountain Lakes, was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash.

Officers believe that the Cadillac Escalade Uppal was driving at the time of the crash did not belong to him.

Uppal has been charged with three counts of death by auto, two counts of assault by auto, causing death or injury while driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to 50 years in prison. Prosecutors are looking to upgrade the charges and pursue a life sentence for Uppah, according to Patch.

Uppal is due back in court on August 11. 

Source: NJ.com, Patch

Photo Credit: Patch