MANCHESTER, NJ – A man had been charged following a hit-and-run ATV crash that left one person in critical condition on Sunday on an old mining property.
According to Patch.com, Brett Durant, 31, of Scotch Plains was riding his white 2019 Polaris RZR side-by-side ATV when he struck the second vehicle on the Heritage Minerals property.
John Guzman, a 28-year-old man from Queens, NY, was riding a blue Yamaha quad-style when the accident happened. He had been going west when Durant came east along the south side of the lake and struck him.
Durant fled the scene on his ATV while emergency workers and witnesses worked to piece together details of the crash.
Guzman was conscious when he was taken by helicopter but had suffered head trauma and broken bones from the accident. He was not wearing safety equipment when he was ejected from his ATV. He was airlifted from the scene.
Witnesses gave details that eventually leading to the description of Durant’s ATV, its possible location, and the identity of the driver. The ATV was seized after being found hidden in the woods. Durant was also found and arrested.
Firefighters from Manchester and volunteer companies from Ridgeway and Whiting used their off-road vehicles to transported personnel at the scene.
Police had began patrolling the private property sometimes known as Chrystal Lake following another incident last month. There are no trespassing signs around the property that is not open for recreational use.
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