SOUTH BRUNSWICK – State police are seeking witnesses to a hit and run crash on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning that injured a Philadelphia man.
At 11:24 a.m., troopers from Cranbury Station on the New Jersey Turnpike responded to the crash, where Reynoldo Torres-Pena, 18, was struck by a truck as he walked to the rear of his car on the shoulder of the road. He sustained severe injuries including broken legs as he was thrown into and over his silver Honda Accord. His car was parked with a flat tire on the right shoulder of the southbound inner roadway.
Despite the significant trauma, Torres-Pena was able to call 911 and describe a white box truck with possible New Jersey license plates. No further description was available.
Trucks are not usually permitted on the inner lanes, but all traffic had been temporarily diverted to the inner roadway for maintenance on the outer lanes.
Torres-Pena was flown by NorthStar State Police medevac to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was still in surgery this afternoon.
The roadway was closed in both directions briefly to allow the helicopter to land on the Turnpike. The right lane and right shoulder were closed for about two hours for accident investigation
Troopers are requesting the help of any motorists who witnessed the accident, or have any knowledge of the vehicle or driver that struck Torres-Pena. Calls can be made to Cranbury Station at 1-609-860-9000 X4400.
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