The girl was in the backseat of a Honda Accord driven by her mother when it was struck by a Mercedes-Benz stolen from a house in Bergenfield.
A 14-year-old seated beside the girl was critically injured, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.
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The ferocity of the collision ripped the Honda in two, with the back half of the car – including the rear seat – sent hurtling to the curb. A 14-year-old in the front seat was also injured, as was the girl’s mother. One of the teens is the woman’s son, but it was not clear whether it is the critically injured teen. “It’s an unbelievable scene,” Molinelli said.
Molinelli said the details of the chase are sketchy, but that it began when a Sylvan Avenue resident left his keys in the Mercedes while he went into his house to retrieve keys for another car. When the man came out, he saw the thief driving away in the Mercedes.
The owner of the car called 911 and pursued the stolen sedan in another vehicle.
Several police agencies took over the chase and followed the car into a Walgreen’s parking lot on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield, where the Mercedes struck a median and lost a tire, witnesses said.
The car, which was stolen by a Bergenfield resident, then sped down New Bridge Road. It was not clear if police chased the Mercedes at a high rate of speed.
VIN News has learned that the family and teens involved in this horrific crash live in Fair Lawn, NJ, and are students at the Orthodox Frisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus, NJ. VIN News has also learned that the family and teens where heading to celebrate ‘simchat beit hashoevah’ at Solomon Shechter day School.
Chesed Shel Emes heading with a full crew to the scene.
The body is being released at this time with non invasive autopsy. The funeral will be gravesite service at 2:45 at Cedar Park Cemetery in Praumas NJ.