Port Authority police are investigating a deadly crash involving a tractor-trailer that struck a passenger vehicle on the Cross Bronx Expressway early in the morning of March 27, and kept going.
Caesar Contreras, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Two women in the car with him, ages 28 and 29, were taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition. Both are expected to survive their crash injuries.
The Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey said the vehicles collided about 3:15 a.m. on the westbound expressway approaching the George Washington Bridge ramp, just east of the intersection of Amsterdam Ave. and West 180th Street. The tractor-trailer reportedly struck the 1997 Toyota sedan, completely destroying it, and continued to travel west across the bridge.
Police apprehended the driver of the tractor-trailer, identified as 23-year-old Sandhu Simranjeet Singh, at a rest stop in Ridgefield, New Jersey, about six miles from the crash site. Authorities administered a breathalyzer test that confirmed he was legally drunk. He was taken into custody and charged with a commercial driver DUI.
CBS New York reports that Mr. Singh faces multiple charges in New Jersey, including driving under the influence of alcohol, and additional charges in New York are pending.
Mr. Singh’s employer, Markhai Transport Truck of Durham, North Carolina, told CBS2 that Singh joined his company in October and had an accident-free record. Mr. Singh been driving tractor-trailers for just over one year, the company said.