Early Tuesday morning at New Jersey, Prosecutors stated that at least two people were killed in an accident, that made a car wrapped around a tree in the woods after a police pursuit.
Prosecutors from Essex County did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the Glen Ridge pursuit, but a law enforcement source familiar with the matter says it began after officers received a report of an armed robbery.
The chase finished with a heavily damaged vehicle flipped on its side in the woods following the 5 a.m. accident near Ridgewood and Bloomfield avenues.
The Essex County prosecutor’s office asserts the state attorney general’s office is looking into it and has referred questions to them.
After the car crash two people died following a police pursuit in Glen Ridge on Tuesday morning, according to Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Kathy Carter.
Carter stated that the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is investigating the crash. A request for comment from the attorney general’s office was not immediately returned.
The car is said to be a silver Hyundai, collided with two trees near the Glen Gazebo. Authorities did not provide any additional information about the crash.
Bloomfield Avenue was closed between Ridgewood and Hillside avenues on Tuesday morning due to an ongoing police investigation.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office was present as police directed traffic at Ridgewood and Bloomfield avenues in the town’s heart, near the municipal building, library, elementary school, and police department. The police zone is located in front of a steep embankment in the park.
The Glen Ridge train station will be closed, according to police. The crash occurred not far from a 2018 crash that killed two people. The 2018 crash was also the result of a Montclair police pursuit.
What Had Happened In Glen Ridge NJ?
The intersection and Bloomfield Avenue are the focal points of activity in Glen Ridge, an affluent borough of fewer than 8,000 people.
Mike Lucci, a four-year resident of Glen Ridge, said that while Bloomfield Avenue is busy in the area, he rarely sees any accidents.
The state changed its guidelines on police pursuits on April 29, allowing cops to pursue suspected car thieves again after previously only being allowed to do so to prevent death or serious injury. That policy was implemented in December 2021.
The victims of an accident in NJ have not been identified yet.
“It’s kind of shocking,” Lucci said, noting that most of the time he sees cops in the area, they’re just helping kids cross the street.
Mickey Dobesh, who has worked in the city for seven years, says the place can be hectic when the nearby elementary and high schools let out, but it’s otherwise a quiet town. Dobesh arrived at work around 5 a.m. and noticed the ongoing police investigation.
Dobesh commented, “You had to be going pretty fast to go down like that.”