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A 25-year-old man was killed early this morning when the driver of a tractor-trailer struck his car on the Cross Bronx Expressway, totaled it, and fled the scene, according to the NYPD. Port Authority police apprehended the driver at a New Jersey rest stop and brought him into custody; no charges had been filed as of noon on Monday.
The tractor-trailer driver, whose name has not been released, slammed into the victim's car just after 3:15 a.m., in the westbound lane of the Cross Bronx Expressway near the entrance to the George Washington Bridge. The truck driver kept going towards New Jersey; EMS pronounced the other driver, the 25-year-old man, dead on the scene. There were two passengers in the car, according to police, both of whom were transported to Harlem Hospital in critical condition.
Port Authority police stopped the driver at the Vince Lombardi rest stop near Ridgefield, New Jersey, according to the NYPD. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
In December, a multi-car crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway left three dead and at least five injured.
City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez is sponsoring legislation to hold hit-and-run drivers accountable, following a spate of such crashes in early January. One law would create a hit-and-run reward fund with up to $1,000 for information leading to arrest, prosecution or conviction. Another would launch an alert system, similar to AMBER Alert, to notify New Yorkers every time a hit-and-run incident occurs.