A driver who was briefly distracted drove off New Road in South Brunswick struck a utility pole and flipped his pickup truck Thursday afternoon.
At 1:17 p.m. South Brunswick Police responded to New Road near Aldrich Road for a reported overturned motor vehicle crash. Arriving officers found a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck on its side. The driver, Brad Siegel, 56, of Dayton was already out of the vehicle.
Siegel told officers he was driving west on New Road when he reached down for an item in his vehicle and took his eyes off the road. The right front of the pickup truck left the roadway and struck a utility pole which caused the truck to flip over.
Siegel was able to get himself out of the vehicle through the passenger door. Siegel was uninjured. The roadway was closed for 30 minutes while the crash was cleared. He was issued a summons for careless driving.
South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau reminds residents that each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,060 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving.