NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey high school teacher has accused her school’s car brakes were disconnected after she was allegedly struck by a truck in the parking lot of a convenience store.
Christina Ponce, 26, was driving a 2007 Honda Odyssey around 5:30 a.m. on Monday when the driver, who was identified as a 20-year-old woman, struck her car, causing her car to stop and then hit a pole.
Christine Ponce’s SUV was found abandoned in the middle of the parking lots of a New Jersey convenience store on Tuesday.
Ponce has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Ponce, who is Hispanic and the second of three children, said her car was disabled after the accident.
Perez’s mother, Maria Perez, was on the phone when she learned of the accident, Ponce said.
She called 911 and was told the car had hit the curb and her daughter was trapped inside.
“I said, ‘Why did you stop and not try to pull me out?'”
The police report stated that Perez’s daughter and another girl were inside the vehicle when the vehicle’s brake pedal was disconnected.
Pasez told police that her daughter told her she had no choice but to run to help.
Pascual Perez told CBS affiliate WPVI-TV that her family is in shock, calling the incident “horrible.”
Pascu said she has been dealing with stress since the accident.
“She’s very upset,” she said.
Pasquera, a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, was working at the convenience store when the incident occurred.
Her employer, the Brunswick County Health Department, told WPVI that it will investigate the incident.
Pescaroli said Pascual and her family were trying to use the restroom in the car when the crash happened.
Pascal said that the two girls who were inside were in the back seat of the vehicle and she was driving the front passenger seat.
The crash happened about 5:15 a.f.m., a police spokesman said.
Police said the car was parked on a parking lot in the center of the area.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.