2 Brothers & Marine Among 4 Killed in Tanker Crash Hours After Christmas
The fatal crash occurred at around 2:50 a.m. Dec. 26 on the southbound lane
Four men, including two brothers, were killed early Wednesday morning when their sedan crashed into the back of a tanker truck along New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway, PEOPLE confirms.
The deadly collision happened around 2:50 a.m. on the southbound lane at mile marker 81.5 near Toms River, New Jersey State Police trooper Alejandro Goez tells PEOPLE.
Police say 21-year-old Kevin Quispe-Prieto was driving the Infiniti G37 sedan when he struck the rear of the tanker truck. He died at the scene along with his 23-year-old brother, Jimmy Quispe-Prieto, 24-year-old Victor Lugo and 23-year-old Robert Ordenana.
According to NBC10, Ordenana was a rifleman with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa.
Goez tells PEOPLE the truck was hit from behind in the right center lane before it came to a stop in the deceleration lane. The driver suffered some minor injuries and called 911 to report the crash.
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According to Asbury Park Press, the tanker is owned by Taylor Oil Company, a Somerville based fuel company.
The cause of the crash, which closed down two of the lanes for a couple of hours, is still under investigation.
“They will investigate every possible avenue and cause of the accident,” says Goez.