Teenage girl killed in West Milford collision, 6 injured

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A girl, 17, who was a front-seat passenger of a Ford Fusion driven by a 16-year-old boy, died in a vehicular collision when her group’s car went the wrong way on West Milford’s Route 23 north.

Reports say that the driver drove south on Route 23 north which caused the vehicle to collide head-on with another car, a Mercedes-Benz S500, emerging from the highway’s twisted section where the road’s speed limit decreases from 55mph to 35mph. All of the six survivors in both cars sustained injuries, and two of the survivors were seriously injured.

The victim, a rising senior at Lodi High School, was seated on the front seat of the Ford Fusion which carried two other passengers. The car collided with another car driven by an 18-year-old man of North Arlington who was driving northbound in the fast lane with two passengers. He suffered severe leg injuries that required surgery.  The northbound and the southbound lanes of the highway are separated by grass and woods at the median.

According to a Passaic County assistant prosecutor, the 16-year-old driver had violated the restrictions placed by authorities on young drivers. The authorities have yet to determine where the victim’s group had been earlier in the night and where the other car was heading during the accident.

The Clinton Road of West Milford, near the site where the accident occurred, has been a destination for curious teens who want to go “ghost hunting” due to a myth in the internet that the area is haunted.

The state transportation records show that from 2007 to 2011, there have already been 51 accidents near Route 23-Clinton Road intersection that resulted in one fatality and 17 injuries, and 12 of the drivers involved were under the age of 20.

Head-on collisions are the top cause of road deaths in the U.S. However, other types of collisions and single-vehicle crashes are also highly capable of causing several injuries and deaths. An automobile accident may result in financial losses and liability.

An undamaged car during an accident does not necessarily mean that its occupants have not sustained injuries, and car occupants that appear unharmed don’t necessarily mean that they’re not injured. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or wrongful death due to a vehicular accident, an experienced New Jersey personal injury will have your case thoroughly evaluated.

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