South Brunswick police have ruled out criminal activity Friday after a witness on Wednesday reported seeing a woman bleeding from the face and yelling for help in a tractor-trailer cab on Route 130.
The case “appears to be a total accident,” said Jim Ryan, the deputy chief of the South Brunswick Police Department.
Early reports from officials said the truck driver pulled the woman back into the tractor-trailer cab Wednesday afternoon. The driver then traveled on Route 130 South before exiting at Ridge Road, police said.
Police found the woman and the truck driver together late in the afternoon on Thursday, officials said. Both agreed to come to police headquarters. Ryan said police ruled out foul play after speaking with both the driver and the woman.
Ryan said the woman and man are a married couple in their 50s. The man, who was driving the truck, stopped short when a car merged in front of them, he said.
This caused the woman, who was standing in between the cab and the sleeper, to fall forward and hit her head on a cupholder. She began bleeding and calling for help, Ryan said.
He added that the husband pulled over to the shoulder of the road. When the husband saw her bleeding, he pulled her back into the truck and drove to get her medical attention.
“He doesn’t even realize that the witness that reports it is even there,” Ryan said. “He wasn’t even aware that anyone even saw the interaction between him and his wife.”
Police received tips from across the country after asking for help from the public through social media, officials said.
The woman received medical care and has a bandage on her head, Ryan said. “We’ve ruled out any criminal activity,” he added.
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