New Jersey trucker dies after being run over by his own truck

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A trucker was killed after being ejected from and then run over by his own truck following a crash on a New Jersey highway on Tuesday, according to the New Jersey State Police.

The victim, Joseph Molinari, 59, of West Windsor, N.J., was westbound on Route 80 near Parsippany, near the exit for Route 202 when he reportedly lost control of his 1995 Peterbilt daycab while slowing down for traffic. Molinari’s vehicle, which was traveling in the left-center lane, struck a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta in the left lane, before striking a center-lane barrier, according to State Police Sgt. Jeffrey Flynn.

Flynn said that Molinari was not wearing a seat belt and that the force of the collision ejected him out of one of the cab doors, although it was unclear from the report which door. Molinari was then struck by his own vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital, but Flynn said the family notified the State Police that Molinari died at the hospital.

Flynn said the investigation is still trying to determine what caused the doors to open, and whether or not Molinari was under the influence or may have been distracted in the moments leading up to the crash. No citations have been issued and there were no other injuries.

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