Pedestrian rescues West Windsor man from car after it crashes

A car crashed into a tree and caught on fire in West Windsor on Tuesday, Dec. 27. A pedestrian saved the driver, police said.

Just after 7 p.m., the driver of a 2011 Honda Accord, Christopher Howard of West Windsor, was traveling east on South Mill Road just before the intersection of New Edinburg Road. The road is curved along that stretch. Howard crossed the center line, left the road to the left, crossed over New Edinburg Road, and crashed into a white pine tree, according to police.

A pedestrian stopped and pulled Howard from the vehicle, which then caught fire, police said. Howard was transported to the Capital Health Regional Trauma Center in Trenton. He sustained serious, non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police said Howard was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Firefighters from West Windsor Fire Department Station 43 extinguished the fire. The road was closed for about two and a half hours while first responders worked at the scene.