October 2, 2008

Driver May Be Charged in Crash That Injured Teen


WEST MILFORD -- A 16-year-old girl remained hospitalized as authorities continued their investigation into a car crash that left her with life-threatening injuries.

Police say they are not releasing the girl's name because charges may be filed against the 17-year-old female driver, and they do not release the names of juvenile crime victims. Also, state law protects the confidentiality of juveniles charged with offenses.

Both girls are West Milford High School students. Superintendent of Schools Bernice Colefield said some students have been talking about the accident.

"Even students who don't know the girl have all these emotions stirred up, and they think of people they know who they lost," Colefield said Tuesday.

She said she is working with administrators to put together a program in the next two weeks about safe driving.

"This didn't involve drugs or drinking. It was just a horrible accident," Colefield said. "But sometimes kids forget that in a second their whole life can change, so we want to go over safe driving practices, like paying attention to the road when you're talking to someone."

The girls were in a 2001 Nissan Altima about 1:30 p.m. Saturday traveling north on Morsetown Road. The car crossed the center line and the southbound lane, then slammed into a tree. The car spun and hit another tree on the passenger side.


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