State police have found the driver of the red pickup that caused the crash on the Garden State Parkway that severely injured Governor Corzine on Thursday night. “It is totally clear to us that he was not aware of his involvement,” said a State Police spokesman. State Police tracked down the man Friday night after Little Egg Harbor Police told them they had two vehicles in town that matched the description of the red Ford pickup.
Police have declined to name the driver because he won’t be charged.
Sources, however, identified the man as Kenneth Potts Jr., 20, of Little Egg Harbor. He could not be reached immediately at his home telephone.
Representatives for Corzine, who is still in critical, but stable condition in Cooper University Hospital here, did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Earlier, police said the driver of the red truck caused a car to swerve into the path of Corzine’s SUV, which then crashed into a guard rail.
Corzine, who apparently was not wearing a seat belt, suffered several injuries including breaks to his left leg, 12 ribs, breastbone and collarbone. He also cut his head and had a minor spine fracture.
The governor endured an hour-long surgery this morning, but remains heavily sedated and unaware of what’s going on, his doctors said. The surgery, dubbed routine, was to clean out a 15-centimeter cut in his leg to prevent infection. A similar procedure is planned for Monday, after which doctors will consider whether to remove the governor from breathing tubes.