EDISON, NJ –Three police officers are credited with saving the life of a 26-year-old Edison man whose car veered across Woodbridge Avenue on Thursday evening before it slammed into another car and flipped upside-down.
According to law enforcement, the accident, which closed Woodbridge Avenue until 9:45 p.m., occurred when a 26-year-old Edison man’s Honda Accord allegedly drove across Woodbridge Avenue from Edward Stec Boulevard, crossed a grassy median, and struck a westbound Toyota Camry driven by an 18-year-old Edison man, police Lt. Robert Dudash said. The impact caused the Honda Accord to flip over.
Upon arriving at the 6:20 p.m. crash scene, Sgt. Michael Cimmino and Officers Neel Patel and Phil Smith worked rapidly to remove the injured, trapped driver from his flipped-over Honda Accord on Woodbridge Avenue near Edward Stec Boulevard, according to Lt. Dudash.
EMTs treated and stabilized the 26-year-old motorist at the scene before transporting him to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick. He is listed today in critical, but stable condition.
“This young man sustained internal injuries and internal bleeding. He was trapped upside-down in his overturned car. The EMTs indicated that our officers helped save his life when they swiftly and safely removed him from his car,” Lt. Dudash said.
The 18-year-old Camry driver suffered minor injuries. An ambulance took him to JFK Medical Center in Edison for treatment. He was released later Thursday night, police said.
According to police, no motor vehicle or criminal charges have been filed yet. The identities of both drivers are being withheld until Edison’s accident investigators complete their investigation.