A man died in a fiery car crash on the Palisades Parkway in New Jersey after fleeing the scene of an attempted sexual assault, prosecutors said.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said two men in a vehicle picked up a woman in New York City early Tuesday and were supposed to drive her home to the Bronx. Instead, they drove over the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey.
Authorities said the driver got out of the car along the Palisades Parkway in Fort Lee and attempted to sexually assault the woman while the other man, who was allegedly incapacitated due to alcohol or another drug, slumped in the back seat.
A good Samaritan cab driver came upon the scene and foiled the sexual assault attempt. The man who allegedly tried to assault the woman jumped back into his car and sped off.
Some time later, the suspect's vehicle crashed into a tree in Alpine, bursting into flames. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The other man in the car was ejected from the vehicle and taken to a hospital in unknown condition.
Prosecutors say no one was chasing the suspect's vehicle at the time of the crash and the circumstances surrounding the accident are under investigation.
The woman was also taken to a hospital.
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