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Three people injured in Walnut Lane crash in Princeton

At about 6 p.m. on Monday, a red Acura RDX was heading south on Walnut Lane when the driver allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Valley Road.

The Acura struck the front bumper of a silver Toyota Prius in the intersection. The Prius was headed east on Valley Road. After hitting the Prius, the Acura then struck a blue Subaru Forester that was stopped at the intersection of Walnut Lane, facing north. The Acura then flipped and landed on the passenger side.

The Acura, driven by Zhaoying Yang, 45, of Princeton, sustained heavy damage on the passenger side and driver’s side, as well as front-end damage that caused the airbags to deploy. Yang, who sustained minor abrasions on both arms from shattered glass, had to be extricated from the Acura by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and was transported to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The rear seat passenger, Zhicai Yang, 79, of Princeton also had to be extricated from the vehicle by the squad. He sustained serious injuries to his upper body and was taken to the same hospital. A 12-year-old Princeton resident who was riding in the front passenger seat had to be transported to the hospital as well. She had facial injuries and complained about pain in her abdomen.

The Prius, operated by Christina Lee, 31, of Plainsboro, sustained heavy front-end damage. Lee did not report and injuries and refused further medial attention from the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad. The Subaru, operated by Richard Schatzman, 74, of Stockton sustained heavy front-end damage. Schatzman did not report any injuries but was transported to the hospital for observation as a precaution.

All three vehicles were towed from the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Princeton Police Traffic Safety Bureau.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Lev Borisov

    That’s a relatively tricky intersection. I wonder how often crashes happen there (there was one more last year) and if there is any way to improve the situation.

  • Robert Dana

    I observe so many people holding their cell phones while driving. Selfish as heck. And, stop means stop.

  • Sandra J. Bierman

    I hope that the hiring of more police officers in Princeton translates into tickets for speeding, not stopping at the “stop” sign, texting, etc. People are always rushing.

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