SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police said Tuesday that the driver of a landscaping pickup truck was operating the company vehicle with a suspended license when he crashed on Deans Rhode Hall Road yesterday, critically injuring his passenger.

According to police, Guadalupe Hernandez, 52, of New Brunswick, drove a 2008 Dodge pickup truck owned by Fantastic Creation Landscaping, of Lawrence, with a suspended license east on Deans Rhode Hall Road around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The truck was pulling a landscaping trailer with a skid loader in it when it left the road and struck a tree, police said.

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An unidentified passenger in the truck, estimated to be in his 20s, had to be removed from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life by the Monmouth Junction Fire Department.

South Brunswick EMS and paramedics moved the victim to the Dallenbach Sand Company property where a State Police helicopter flew him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with serious head and internal injuries, police said.

Police said they are still trying to identify the man, listed in critical condition by the hospital.

The accident closed Deans Rhode Hall Road from 4:30 p.m. until about 9 p.m., police said.

An investigation revealed that Hernandez’s license was suspended and police charged him with that fourth-degree crime, police said.

Police said that he also had outstanding warrants out of Freehold and East Brunswick, totaling some $7,000 in bail.

Officers lodged Hernandez at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, police said.

The South Brunswick Traffic Safety Bureau is continuing to investigate the crash.

TAP Into South Brunswick and Cranbury left a message with the landscaping company seeking comment Tuesday afternoon and will update the story if they respond.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call police at (732) 329-4000, extension 7472.

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