According to law enforcement, the victim was walking across Route 79 in Matawan when he was struck by a 2015 Toyota Corolla. The incident reportedly occurred around 8:00 p.m.
The 47-year-old Matawan resident who was allegedly behind the wheel of the car was placed under arrest after police determined that he was likely intoxicated.
Meanwhile, the 19-year-old victim was rushed via helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He received medical treatment and is currently in critical condition.
The suspect in the case has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Depending on the outcome of an investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Matawan Police Department, the suspect could face additional charges for assault by auto.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released with a pending court date.
Police have asked for the public’s help with the investigation. Anyone who has information about the alleged DWI accident should call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office detectives at 800-533-7443 or Matawan detectives at 732-566-1010.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Man, 19, in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Drunken Driver, Authorities Say.”