- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - Authorities are crediting a northern New Jersey police officer with saving the life of a college student who was hit by a truck.

Authorities said Wednesday that 18-year-old Jason Criscuolo, of Brick Township, was bleeding to death on Wednesday after he was struck by a pick-up truck on Sunday in Mahwah.

The Record reports (https://bit.ly/1QOGqPI ) that Mahwah police officer Matt Lombardo wrapped a tourniquet around the Ramapo College student’s left leg as he laid in the Route 17 southbound lanes waiting for a medical helicopter.

Criscuolo was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he underwent a leg amputation. Police Chief James Batelli says doctors told him the teenager could have died if not for the “swift” response of 27-year-old Lombardo.


Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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