A judge yesterday rejected speeding and reckless-driving complaints filed by a citizen against two state troopers involved in the Garden State Parkway crash that seriously injured Gov. Corzine. Galloway Municipal Court Judge Christopher A. Brown found that there was no basis for the complaints filed Wednesday by Somers Point resident Seth Grossman, a court spokeswoman said.
Grossman filed the complaints against Corzine's driver, Trooper Robert Rasinski, and State Police Sgt. Jim Ryan, who was driving behind Corzine's SUV. The governor's SUV was driving 91 m.p.h. in a 65-m.p.h. zone when it was clipped by a pickup truck and slammed into a guardrail. Corzine broke a leg, 11 ribs, collarbone and sternum in the crash and spent 18 days in a hospital.
Corzine has defended both troopers, especially Ryan, whom he praised for shielding him from a fire that broke out after the crash. A state police review board is investigating the accident, but state police officials have said that troopers who protect the governor have the authority to exceed the speed limit when they feel it is necessary. - AP