PARIPPANY — A 27-year-old man who had just been in a crash on Route 80 in Parsippany was killed when another vehicle hit him as he stood out his damaged car on Sunday morning.

New Jersey State Police vehicle
New Jersey State Police vehicle (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

State Police spokesman Trooper Gene Hong said Jonathan Santiago of West Lawn, Pennsylvania was traveling west near exit 47 in Parsippany-Troy Hills where the highway divides for the exit onto Route 46 around 3:25 a.m. Santiago's Nissan went off the road, struck a guard rail and came to a stop in the center lane.

Santiago got out of his Accord, which was then struck by a Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 59-year-old man from Hackettstown, according to Hong. The impact pushed the Honda over Santiego. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hong said one of two passengers in the Pathfinder was injured and was taken to Morristown Medical Center.  Santiego was the only person in the NIssan.

Hong said no charges have yet been filed in the incident, and the incident remained under investigation. He did not disclose the identity of the driver of the Pathfinder.

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