Updated: Man Badly Hurt When Ejected from Car During Crash
Witnesses said the driver was "speeding and weaving in and out of traffic" shortly before the crash on the northbound side of the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), just north of the Whitehead Road exit, in Lawrence Township Friday morning, according to police.
Update, 4:45 p.m. Nov. 9:
Lawrence Township police have identified the injured man as David B. Cosaboom, 38, of Tapered Oak Lane, Falls Township, Pa.
Update, 2:10 p.m. Nov. 9:
The man who was ejected from his car when it crashed on the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), just north of Whitehead Road, this morning suffered multiple injuries and is currently listed in critical condition at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, according to Lawrence Township Police Sgt. Michael Yeh.
Yeh identified the man as a 38-year-old resident of Levittown, Pa., but withheld the man’s name as his entire family had not yet been notified of the accident.
The accident occurred in the right northbound lane of the freeway when the 2005 Toyota Scion driven by the 38-year-old struck the back of a cement delivery truck. Police were notified of the crash at 8:55 a.m.
“Numerous witnesses reported that he was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic when he struck the left rear of a cement-mixer truck traveling northbound in the slow lane,” Yeh related. “That caused him to lose control of his vehicle and begin to flip over. As the vehicle was flipping over, it struck the center divider. As it struck the center divider, the driver – the only occupant - was ejected from the vehicle.
“As that event was occurring, two other vehicles trying to avoid that accident slightly impacted each other, with no injuries. They did a very good job at not striking the [flipping] vehicle or the gentleman in the roadway,” Yeh continued, noting that the driver of the cement delivery truck was also not hurt.
He said police believe the 38-year-old's car flipped over completely while in the air and came to rest back on its wheels. The freeway’s concrete divider “definitely kept the vehicle from going into the southbound lanes,” he added.
Yeh confirmed that the man was not wearing his seat belt. First-arriving police officers found the 38-year-old lying in the roadway and rendered emergency care until a township ambulance crew and Capital Health paramedics arrived.
The northbound lanes of the Trenton Freeway remained closed until 10:15 a.m. while township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigated.
Motor vehicle summonses against the 38-year-old are pending the completion of the investigation by township Officer Marc Poveromo, Yeh said.
Original Story, 8:55 a.m. Nov. 9:
A man was badly injured when he was ejected from a car when it was involved in a crash along the northbound side of the Trenton Freeway (Route 1), just north of the Whitehead Road exit, in Lawrence Township this morning, Friday, Nov. 9.
Township police, a township ambulance crew, Capital Health System paramedics and volunteer firefighters from Slackwood Fire Co. responded to the accident, which was reported about 7:50 a.m.
The man, who was described by emergency personnel as being in his 30s, was found lying in the middle of the roadway. After a rapid assessment at the scene, medical crews rushed the man to the trauma unit at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, but officials said they feared he had suffered multiple internal injuries, including a broken femur and multiple broken ribs.
The northbound lanes of the Trenton Freeway were immediately shut down by township police and traffic detoured onto Whitehead Road. Those lanes were still closed as of 8:50 a.m.
The accident remains under investigation at this time by Lawrence Township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.
This story will be updated as additional details become available.