Drunk Driver Hits Man, Drives 1.5 Miles With Him Stuck in Windshield
Marcos Ortega, 33, of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, has been charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash and causing serious bodily injury while driving under the influence after he struck 61-year-old Kenneth Moeller and drove 1.5 miles with the man stuck in his windshield.
Ortega struck Moeller along Route 9 early Monday evening. Ortega then kept driving, stopping only after police officer Kyle Flatt saw him pass by with what looked to be a body on the front of his car and pulled him over.
According to the police press release, volunteer firefighters and first aid had to be called to help police extract Moeller from the windshield. He was then flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.
Ortega’s bail is set at $100,000.
Oddly enough, it’s not the first hit-and-run involving someone getting lodged in a windshield. In January, Steven Gove was cycling in Wisconsin when he was struck by an unnamed driver and smashed through the window. Though Gove eventually managed to crawl into the passenger seat, the driver didn’t seem to notice his presence until he arrived home and went to get out of the car.
“He saw me sitting in his car and he said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing in there?'” said Gove. I said, ‘I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle. I went through your windshield!'”
And a Los Angeles area man was killed in 2012 when Sherri Wilkins ran into him and drove 2 miles before stopping. “He [was] literally embedded in her hood and into the windshield,” reported Sgt. Robert Watt. “She knew he was somehow embedded into her car, but she panicked.”