Prosecutors in New Jersey say that a 24-year-old man was intoxicated when he was involved in a fatal collision in the early morning hours of Oct. 19. The North Plainfield resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and death by auto. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike shortly after 4 a.m.
According to a police report, the man struck the rear of a tractor-trailer near mile marker 93.5. Emergency services personnel quickly arrived at the scene, but the man's 25-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at about 4:40 a.m. Blunt force trauma was given as the cause of the man's death by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner. The driver of the sedan was also injured in the crash, and he was transported to a medical facility in Old Bridge Township for treatment.