2 Teens Dead, 1 Seriously Injured In Rockland County Crash: Police

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 14, 2019 - 7:13 am
Rockland County Crash Site

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PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Two teenagers were killed and another was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in plunged off an overpass in Rockland County, police said.

The incident began around 3:30 p.m. when two cars collided on the Route 304 overpass in the hamlet of Pearl River. Police say the three teenagers were traveling in a Porsche that then fell from the overpass and fell about 50 feet onto New Jersey Transit rail tracks.

The car landed upsides down on its roof according to witnesses.

Two teenagers, a 15-year-old girl named Saniha Cekic and a 17-year-old boy named Altin Nezaj, were taken to nearby hospitals but were later pronounced dead, authorities said.

The driver of the Porsche, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, survived the crash and was taken to Westchester Medical Center with what police called serious injuries.

One neighbor, Joe Geppner, told CBS2 he rushed to the scene to try to help the teenagers after hearing an incredibly loud noise.

“We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, was not injured and that vehicle remained on the overpass.

It remains unclear what caused the crash and police say the investigation remains ongoing.

The crash lead to a closure of Route 304 and NJ Transit suspended service in both directions on the Pascack Valley Line, between Woodcliff Lake and Nanuet. The Monday morning commute was also impacted by delays.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information that could help the investigation is asked to contact the Orangetown Police Detective Bureau at (845) 359-2121.