Parents of Ariana Williams file Civil Lawsuit

Ronald and Chavella Williams, the still-grieving parents of Ariana Williams who died in a horrific car crash on September 23, 2016 while in the passenger seat of a car driven by intoxicated former Burlington Township police officer Justin Rodriguez, today filed a civil lawsuit against Rodriguez and New Jersey establishments that the Williams family alleges over-served Rodriguez alcohol the night of the fatal car crash, despite Rodriguez appearing to be visibly intoxicated. The Williams family is being represented by the law firm of Fritz Goldenberg & Bianculli, LLC, which also represented the Williams family during the criminal proceedings against Rodriguez. Rodriguez‎, 26, recently pleaded guilty to Vehicular Homicide and Driving Under the Influence in the tragic death of Ariana Williams, who was just 27-years old at the time of her death. Rodriguez is currently incarcerated at the South Woods State Prison in Bridgeton, NJ, where he is serving a four-year sentence.

“Justin Rodriguez’s guilty plea of Vehicular Homicide and Driving Under the Influence in the recent criminal case against him was only the start of the Williams family’s pursuit of justice in their beloved daughter’s tragic death,” says Fritz Goldenberg & Bianculli lead partner Brian Fritz. “Ariana’s family said from the outset of this nightmare that they intended to hold accountable every individual and every establishment involved in their young daughter’s tragic death. We will not cease until we have gotten justice for Ariana.”

Justin ‎Rodriguez, who was off duty from his job as a police officer on the Burlington Township, NJ, Police Department at the time of the fatal car accident, was drunk behind the wheel of his Acura Integra, after being served alcohol over extended periods of time by two bars in the area, Ruby Tuesday in Hamilton, NJ and the Brickwall Tavern in Burlington, NJ. Police estimate Rodriguez was driving drunk at 86 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour speed zone when he lost control of his car and crashed into a pole in Florence, NJ. Rodriguez was ejected from his car and sustained injuries, but has since recovered. Ariana Williams, who was from the town of Florence, NJ, sustained catastrophic head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Williams family’s civil suit was filed today by Fritz Goldenberg & Bianculli in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Burlington County, Civil Law Division.