Marine, Brothers Among 4 Killed in New Jersey Crash With Oil Tanker

December 26, 2018 - 1:30 pm

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Four people were killed Wednesday morning when the car they were in collided with a tanker truck in New Jersey.

The car was traveling in the northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway, just south of Exit 81, when it crashed into the back of the tanker truck shortly before 3 a.m., police said.

The four victims were pronounced dead at the scene on the border of Toms River and Berkeley Township. 

Police identified the driver as 21-year-old Kevin Quispe-Prieto and the passengers as 23-year-old Jimmy Quispe-Prieto, 24-year-old Victor Lugo and 23-year-old Robert Ordenana.

According to the Department of Defense, Ordenana was a U.S. Marine who reportedly served with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa.

Photos show the white Infiniti sedan was completely mangled by the crash. The windshield and roof were sheered off and the front seats were bent backwards. 

The wreckage was in the far right lane, where some cars are speeding up after getting on and others are slowing down for the next exit. 

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, and called 911 to report the crash, according to police. His name was not immediately released.

Authorities are investigating the crash, which led to the closure of several lanes of the busy parkway before dawn.

All lanes had reopened by mid-morning. 

Unlike most parkways in and around the city, trucks are allowed on the southern half of the Garden State Parkway.