According to this recent article in the Star-Ledger, a Newark man died recently when the car he was riding in crashed into a semi-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in Linden. Officials investigating the truck accident in New Jersey claim that Gabariel Koffah, Jr., 26, was riding in the back seat of a Toyota Avalon southbound on the turnpike when the driver, Ralph Austin, 25, lost control of the car.
After Austin lost control of the car, the car struck a guardrail and bounced into the center lane of traffic where it struck the fuel tank of a tractor-trailer driven by Gary Poland, 59. Officials claim that Austin’s car then spun around into the truck’s wheels and then crashed head-on into a guardrail. The medical examiner pronounced Koffah dead at the scene from his injuries.
Austin’s injuries were severe enough to warrant evacuation by helicopter to University Hospital in Newark where he remains with undisclosed injuries. Another passenger in the Avalon, Angel Rodriguez, 23, of Newark, sustained minor injuries for which he was treated and released from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The truck’s driver was not injured in the accident and was not charged with any traffic violations.
Austin faces charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and drug possession after investigating officers found marijuana in his possession after the accident. Sadly, this is one of many New Jersey car accidents that occur each year as a result of drivers operating their vehicles under the influence.
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