Driver in deadly 7 a.m. crash on Parkway was drunk, police say
The driver in a fatal crash that shut down southbound express lanes of the Garden State Parkway Sunday morning was drunk, State Police say.
The driver, 29-year-old New York City resident Mark Ellis was among those ejected from the vehicle in a crash that killed one and injured three, according to State Police. He's facing charges of vehicular homicide, two-counts of assault by auto and drunken driving.
Ellis' SUV overturned around 7 a.m. in the southbound express lanes near mile marker 122.3 in Old Bridge. A passenger in the SUV, 28-year-old Steven Rivera of Brooklyn, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police.
Two other people suffered non life-threatening injuries, officials have said.
All southbound express lanes were shut down in the hours after the crash, but shortly before 10 a.m., the state Department of Transportation reported all but one lane had reopened.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.