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Cops: Farmington Hills Man Won't Face Charges For Running Over Pedestrian With Semi

February 07, 2019 - 12:16 pm

(WWJ) A truck driver from Oakland County will not face charges after running over a man in New Jersey.  

Police in New Jersey's Edison Township said the accident happened Wednesday as the 30-year-old victim and a companion were walking back from a shopping center to a hotel. The man tried to take a shortcut by crawling under the semi's trailer, Lt. Robert Dudash said in a news release, as the truck was parked as a gas station.

Not knowing anyone was there, the Farmington Hills man started up his big rig and pulled away onto Route 1.

The pedestrian was run over by the four tires on the vehicle's twin rear axle and dragged about ten feet, according police. The victim -- identified as Neal Patel of Princeton, New Jersey, remained -- remained in critical condition in an intensive care unit Thursday.  

His companion, who police said "took a safer route, walking around the big vehicle," was not injured. 

Investigators tracked down the truck driver several hours later in Philadelphia. Police said he is cooperating with authorities and won't be charged. His name was not released.