Pickup driver cleared in New Jersey governor’s crash

| 4/19/2007

When New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was critically injured in an SUV crash last week, initial reports said the state patrolman who was driving the SUV had to swerve to avoid a red pickup truck that was driving erratically.

But The Associated Press reports that investigators now concede the pickup driver was simply trying to get out of the way of the SUV, which was doing 91 mph in a 65 mph zone with its emergency lights flashing.

Corzine – who remains in stable but critical condition – was on his way to a meeting between radio personality Don Imus and the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, and was reportedly running late.

The SUV crashed into a guardrail and Corzine, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time, suffered multiple broken bones. The trooper behind the wheel was wearing his seatbelt and had minor injuries.