VINELAND -- A half-naked city man apparently was driving his car while having sex with a passenger when the vehicle slammed into a utility pole, according to police.

Both occupants were hospitalized after the crash, which occurred around 9:30 p.m. Monday on East Oak Road about 400 feet east of the Boulevard.

The victims -- Carl Nunez, 18, of Plum Street and passenger Nicole Dougherty, 18, of North Maple Drive -- were unconscious when authorities arrived at the scene and neither was wearing a seat belt, police said.

Dougherty was lying on the ground next to the open driver's door of the 1989 Mitsubishi, police said. Her underwear was on the passenger seat and some of her hair was embedded in the dented windshield's broken glass, police said.

Nunez was naked from the waist down with his underwear below his knees, according to a police report.

A witness told police he saw the car headed north on the Boulevard, traveling at a high rate of speed, before it turned onto Oak Road. According to police, the witness said he saw a female passenger climb on top of the driver and move as if the couple were having sex. Then he saw the car veer off the road, hitting a mailbox and a utility pole.

Vineland Municipal Electric Utility crews replaced the pole Tuesday morning.

Police said they found an open bottle of Corona beer and the broken remains of a second beer bottle inside the car. Nunez was issued a summons for allegedly driving without insurance. Other charges are pending completion of the investigation, police said.
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