A man was accused not only for DUI but critically injuring a pedestrian for he continued driving even when the poor victim was lodged in the windshield of his vehicle.
The driver was identified as Marcos Ortega, age 33 and resident of Little Egg Harbor. His cash bail was set at $150,000 cash for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and inflicting serious bodily injury to a pedestrian.
The accident occurred Monday night along Rte. 9 in Ocean Township. The pedestrian was identified as Kenneth Moeller, age 61 resident of Lanoka Harbor. He was hospitalized in critical condition; although no other detail was released.
Prosecutors related that at about 6:40 o’clock in Monday evening, police officers from Ocean Township responded to a call about an erratic driver along northbound Rte. 9 whose vehicle appeared to have a person lying on the hood and traveling on the wrong roadway. As the police stopped the vehicle, he saw the victim lodged halfway through the windshield.
Investigators learned that Ortega was crossing into the north shoulder of Rte. 9 and struck Moeller; he continued driving for more than 1 ½ miles before he was stopped.
The Little Egg Harbor resident was behind the wheel impaired with alcohol then hit a pedestrian along Waretown, and then travelled for almost 2 miles with the pedestrian stuck through his windshield.
Officer Kyle Flatt observed that a car running that Monday evening seemed to have a person on top of its hood. Al Della Fave, spokesperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said that the operator continued driving his car disregarding the pedestrian lodged half-way through his windshield.
After apprehending the driver, the First Aid Squad members and the Waretown Volunteer Fire Department extricated from the car. He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the University Medical Center of Jersey Shore University in Neptune, where he is listed in serious condition.
Authorities reported that Ortega was traveling along on Rte. 9 just north of South Main St. and while he was crossing into the northbound shoulder, he struck Moeller.
Ortega is now facing the following charges: (1) causing serious bodily injury to another while driving under the influence; and (2) leaving the scene of an accident,
His bail was set at $150,000, without any 10%option.
With the poor pedestrian stuck on the windshield, Ortega did not stop but continued driving the vehicle for more than 1.5 miles until he was located and stopped by Patrolman Flatt.
Ortega was made to undergo field sobriety tests at the scene by the police of Ocean Township police. They obtained a telephonic search warrant and collected samples of the driver’s blood for analysis.
Heading the investigation team are the following agencies: Traffic Safety Unit, Detective Bureau of the Ocean Township Police Department; and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. D
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