Man Suffers Serious Injuries After Crashing Into Two Utility Poles

The driver of an SUV reportedly hit a pole at the intersection of Franklin and Maple and later struck another pole in front of Ridgewood HS, which resulted in serious injury.

A man was rushed to St. Joseph's Trauma Center in Paterson early Sunday morning after his SUV struck a utility pole on East Ridgewood Avenue.

According to Ridgewood Police Sgt. Heath James, witnesses told police a man driving a black Honda CRV struck a utility pole at the intersection of Maple and Franklin Avenue before racing up Ridgewood Avenue where at around 1:30 a.m. he crashed into another telephone pole in front of Ridgewood High School.

Police didn't know the extent of the driver's injuries but said they appeared serious. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital by Ridgewood EMS. Ridgewood Fire Department also responded to the crash to help extricate the driver.

The SUV sustained significant front-end damage and the impact of the crash split the lower half of the utility pole on East Ridgewood Avenue. PSE&G responded to assess the damage and the vehicle was towed from the scene. 

The driver's identification was not known. Police said they are still investigating the incident.

RdgwdGRock September 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
let's see. 1:30am, coming from the direction of the bars; probably drunk and/or high on drugs
JV September 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Or maybe there was a family emergency, or maybe he's a diabetic who suffered a blood suger spike, or maybe it was a heart attack or a stroke, or maybe, or maybe, or maybe... It's sadly true that drugs or alcohol are often the causes of such incidents. It is also sadly true that so many people are so quick to determine, assess, and pronounce upon the failings and shortcomings of those around them. Perhaps we would all do well to consider how we might feel if others judged us as harshly in ignorance. How about we let the professionals do their jobs and have them inform us about what actually happened?
News Man September 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Why St. Joseph Trauma Center... can't Valley handle these cases?
maureen September 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Valley is not a Trauma Center , but Hackensack University Med Center is. Why did this person get sent to St. Joe's ?? This is the second time I have heard of a trauma case going to St Joe's. As a doctor, this is negligence . Time is critical for traumas. Why send someone 35 mins away when HUMC is 10mins away ?? What is going here?? I hope not politics between Valley & HUMC .
News Man September 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Politics is always going on. Watch today's street fair (noon to five) exhibits and see how many political tables there are providing 'information', politicians pens, pennents and voting information and of course, anti-acids for all those great foods they serve there. Oh well, Ridgewood has always been politically involved... bring your camera and record the events.
Pat September 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Both Hospitals are 7 miles away, it is a straight shot down Maple to Joes. Both are less than 15 minutes away. Quite frankly I would rather go to Joes.
M September 23, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I was one of the two witnesses. The driver seemed to be intoxicated. He collided with a telephone pole, and then proceeded to speed down the wrong side of the road. This prompted a friend of mine to cal the police.Their response time was incredible, they were in front of us in 20 seconds. We provided the police with a description of the vehicle, and pointed them towards it's direction. We hoped that he would get pulled over before he seriously injured himself. Unfortunately, it was too late
Alfreddie September 24, 2012 at 01:39 AM
If the driver is found to have been drunk, the driver should be made to pay for repairs and for the services provided by police and EMS.
barbara September 24, 2012 at 05:39 AM
The blessing in this story is that no innocent people were hurt during this very unfortunate incident.
Fred Stipple September 24, 2012 at 02:43 PM
He could have been sent to Valley if it were allowed to proceed with it's renewal, but alas the nimby's had their way.


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