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Driver killed crossing highway after surviving car crash

A New Jersey man survived a car crash early Monday, only to be killed while trying to cross the highway on foot, police said.


New Jersey State Police said 21-year-old Luis Sarmiento was found dead around 12:45 a.m. after he had been struck by two vehicles on the Garden State Parkway.

About 25 minutes earlier, Sarmiento had been involved in a two-vehicle accident on the northbound side of the parkway about a half mile from where he was killed, police said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Sarmiento left his car shortly after the accident and climbed over the center median to try to run across the southbound lane.

Police said state troopers matched Sarmiento’s identification to the owner of a Honda Accord abandoned at the accident scene.

Troopers also spoke to the drivers of the two vehicles that struck Sarmiento, police said. The incident remains under investigation.