A New Jersey auto accident on I-95 claimed the life of a Lumberton man.
On the morning of December 20, Phelan Smith, 36, was traveling at an unusually slow rate of speed in the center lane of I-95.
A motorist called the police to notify them of the slow driver, but they could not make it to the scene in time. Moments after they were notified of the slow driver, a second call came in to report a devastating New Jersey tractor trailer accident.
An oncoming tractor trailer driver was not able to stop when he approached Smith’s car at interstate speeds and slammed into the rear of the vehicle.
Smith was unconscious when paramedics arrived and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly before 3:15 p.m.
The driver of the truck, 44-year-old Jose Delcidn, of North Bergen, was uninjured.
Police are unable to accurately determine the exact speed at which Smith was traveling; however, they stated that his slow speed was the single largest contributing factor to the accident.
Delcidn did not receive a citation for the incident.
The New Jersey injury attorneys at Cordisco & Saile would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Phelan Smith.