Jon Corzine Seriously Injured in Car Accident (Governor of New Jersey)
Not Wearing Seatbelt!!!
Photo of the Corzine Crash SUV
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The Governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine was seriously injured in a car crash on 13 April 2007: the injuries including a compound fracture of femur, many broken ribs, and fractured vertebrae. The Chevy Suburban he was in was being driven by an experienced state police officer when it swerved to avoid a truck that was in turn avoiding another vehicle that had unsafely pulled into traffic from the road shoulder. Governor Corzine was in the front passenger seat and according to reports was violently thrown into the back of the vehicle resulting in the injuries. The media has correctly pounced on the fact that the Governor was not wearing his seatbelt in violation of NJ law. We at Car-Accidents.com wish him and his family well and hope he has a quick and complete recovery. His experience does however serve as graphic evidence to Buckle Up!!!! Expect the Unexpected!!!! Drive Safe! Let us hope that when he is able to return to public service Gov Corzine will use his experience to bring new awareness to driving safety!
Sent by Ed R. 4/14/07
Governor's SUV Speeding at 91MPH!!!! Updated 4/18/07
According to the latest news reports (from a state police report) Gov Corzine's SUV was speeding at 91 mph with its emergency lights flashing before the crash on the Garden State Parkway.
The report exonerates Kenneth Potts, the driver of a red Ford pickup truck that was originally blamed for the accident. Potts pulled onto the shoulder of the road in an attempt to get out of the way of the speeding SUV's motorcade that was barreling down the highway at reckless speeds, he then steered back into the right lane to avoid a mile marker on the side of the road. Potts' sudden move prompted the driver of a white Dodge Ram pickup truck, which had also moved to the right lane to avoid the speeding motorcade and that driver hit the front of Corzine's Chevrolet Suburban.
The State Police however defended the high speed(in rush hour traffic) saying it was for the safety of the Gov, to prevent him from getting too close to other vehicles. David Jones, president of the State Trooper Fraternal Association, said, "That's part of the mission. There's no wrongdoing by going 91. If anyone's going 90 in order not to be overtaken or parallel with another vehicle, that's well within the standard practice. We've employed this practice for over 80 years and we've never had a governor hurt." Well not this time the Governor is in Critical condition- they may well want to review those practices.
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