Police identify victims in deadly head-on crash on Ridge Pike in Montco

Tim Jimenez
September 13, 2019 - 7:24 am
A deadly crash had a section of Ridge Pike closed in Plymouth Township Friday morning.

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PLYMOUTH TWP., Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities have now released the identities of three people who were killed, and fourth that was critically injured in a nasty head on-crash in Plymouth Township late Thursday night.

The deceased have been identified as 58-year-old Alexander Montanez, of Philadelphia, 38-year-old Wilfredo Martinez, and 30-year-old Justin Ruberti, both of Vineland, New Jersey.

The fourth victim, 37-year-old Luis A. Serrano, also from Vineland, is currently at Temple University Hospital in critical condition, police say.

Plymouth Township Police Chief John Myrsiades got a good look at the damage.

"We've seen a lot of crashes over our career, and this one was particularly bad," he said. "It was a horrific accident. I mean that's exactly how I described it when I saw it."

Serrano was a passenger of the Honda Pilot SUV, which police say, that was speeding west on Ridge Pike, jumped the median close to Chemical Road, and then slammed into the Dodge Caravan minivan at a five-points intersection. 

Early Friday morning at the five-points intersection, there were still pieces of a Honda Pilot and Dodge Caravan all over the road. Both were mangled. There was blood on the airbags in the van, which got the worst of it."It was hit head-on, offset, which essentially cut the car in half," said Myrsiades.

The chief says there happened to be a key witness right there to see it.

"It just so happened we had an officer on scene at that intersection who heard the vehicle coming up behind him at a high rate of speed, and the accident actually happened within 10 yards of the officer," he said. "That officer's dashboard cam caught it all on video."

It is not yet clear if drugs, alcohol or wet road conditions played a role, Myrsiades says the officer's dash cam happened to catch the incident on tape.