BORDENTOWN, NJ – In a dramatic turn of events on the New Jersey Turnpike in Bordentown, a driver from Mount Vernon, New York was left seriously injured after attempting to flee from a state police motor vehicle stop.
The incident unfolded at approximately 10:35 a.m. on the outer roadway of the northbound NJ Turnpike near milepost 54.2. A vigilant state trooper noticed a stopped Honda Accord on the shoulder of the turnpike and approached the vehicle to investigate, according to a spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police.
However, as the trooper approached, the driver of the Honda Accord suddenly accelerated and sped off in a northbound direction along the outer roadway. The reckless escape maneuver led the fleeing vehicle to veer across the northbound inner roadway, resulting in a collision with the passenger side of a Honda Odyssey.
The impact forced the Honda Odyssey to collide with the concrete median, causing minor injuries to all five occupants of the vehicle, as confirmed by state police. The driver of the Honda Accord, a 49-year-old individual, suffered “serious injuries” as a consequence of the crash.
To ensure the safety of all motorists and facilitate the necessary investigations, the left lane of the northbound inner roadway was closed for approximately three hours, leading to “moderate” traffic congestion, as reported by state police.
The circumstances surrounding the attempted motor vehicle stop and subsequent collision remain under investigation. Authorities are working diligently to uncover the details of the incident and determine the factors that led to the driver’s decision to evade the state trooper.
As the affected individuals recover from their injuries, this alarming event serves as a reminder of the risks involved in attempting to flee from law enforcement. The New Jersey State Police continue to emphasize the importance of compliance and cooperation during motor vehicle stops to ensure the safety of both drivers and officers on the road.