A Hillsborough teen drove under a bus while drunk on Thursday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano.
According to the Somerset Prosecutor's Office:
At approximately 11:10 p.m., Hillsborough Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a single-vehicle collision along Farm Road. Police responded to the scene and found a black 2010 Nissan Altima partially underneath the rear of a full-size school bus.
The school bus was empty, and had been parked along the curb on Farm Road, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
An investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Accident Reconstruction Team and the Hillsborough Township Police confirmed that the Nissan Altma was travelling east on Farm Road.
In the area of #60 Farm Road, the vehicle left the roadway and travelled several hundred feet over grass lawn, a sidewalk, and a driveway. The driver, identified as Thomas S. Leon, age 18, of Taylor Avenue in Hillsborough, maneuvered the vehicle back onto Farm Road where it ultimately collided with the rear of the parked school bus.
Neither Mr. Leon nor his lone front seat passenger, a seventeen-year-old female juvenile, were wearing seatbelt restraints. The speed limit on Farm Road is 25 miles per hour.
Emergency services personnel removed Mr. Leon and the passenger from the vehicle, and both were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of their injuries sustained in the collision.
Hillsborough Police issued motor vehicle summonses to Mr. Leon charging him with Driving While Intoxicated and Underage DWI.
The investigation of the incident is on-going.