Melinda Baker of Mantua also will receive an additional $100,000 from the Firefighter, Richard J. Campbell Jr. In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Samuel Ragonese noted Baker’s “catastrophic and permanent injuries” and her “likely need for treatment and care into the future.”
Ms. Baker, then 56, suffered more than 14 fractures when FF Campbell’s Ford Focus smashed into the driver’s side of her compact car, a Dodge Neon, in January 2018. FF Campbell, whose car was equipped with flashing blue lights, was responding to a fire call when he ran a red light. The victim is now uses a wheelchair at home.
NEW JERSEY BLUE LIGHT LAW: “Nothing contained herein is intended to grant to any member of the volunteer fire any privileges or exemptions denied to the drivers of other vehicles, and such members displaying emergency warning lights shall drive with due regard for the safety of all persons and shall obey all the traffic laws of this state”.