SOUTH BRUNSWICK — A father was killed after his son made what appears to have been an improper turn across five travel lanes in front of a dump truck, officials said.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon on Route 522.

The red 2013 Nissan Altima traveling east was struck about 12:30 p.m. when the 21-year-old driver made an improper left turn in front of the westbound truck at Kingston Lane, Deputy Police Chief James Ryan said.

The 57-year-old father was pronounced dead at the crash scene. His son and 16-year-old daughter remained hospitalized in intensive care Wednesday afternoon. The family is from South Brunswick but Ryan did not disclose their names.

Video of the crash shows the truck driven by a 42-year-old Milltown man veering toward a bank parking lot after hitting the car. The top of the car had to be cut off in order to free the victims.

“Our hearts go out to this family at this very difficult time. As a community we will support them in whatever way possible. I thank the community members and doctor who immediately stopped to provide aid," South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement.

First responders at a crash on Route 522 in South Brunswick 8/2/22 (South Brunswick police)
First responders at a crash on Route 522 in South Brunswick 8/2/22 (South Brunswick police)

Two fatal crashes in the past month

It is the fourth fatal crash in South Brunswick this year, according to State Police records.

Helmetta Fire Chief Christopher Acs, of Jamesburg, was struck and killed July 12 while riding a motorcycle on Georges Road at Summerfield Boulevard. Maheshkum Kuniyil, 48, of the Dayton section of South Brunswick was issued two motor vehicle summons — failure to yield right of way at an intersection and for obstructing the passage of other vehicles.

On June 15, Dean Battaglia, 53, was fatally hit by a vehicle while he was doing work on the shoulder of Georges Road outside the Crossroads Middle School. Shamantha Bolla, 18, of the Monmouth Junction section, was charged with second-degree reckless death by auto.

A 40-year-old New Brunswick man was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu north on Route 1 about 12:40 a.m. March 12 when it struck the rear of a tractor-trailer driven by a 56-year-old Somerset man.

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