So sad! A pregnant woman and an 11-year-old child were among the three people killed in a horrific SUV crash in northern New Jersey on Aug. 24. Read on for more details.
An SUV driver who had allegedly been drinking lost control of his vehicle in an accident that killed three people and injured six others, authorities said on Aug. 25. Julissa Colon, 36, who was five months pregnant, died at a hospital shortly after the crash. Tragically, Julissa’s unborn child didn’t survive, according to a joint statement from local police and prosecutors. Julissa’s relatives, Lucila Colon, 62, and Tevia Booth, 11, were both killed at the scene of the accident.
New Jersey Car Crash — Pregnant Woman, Child Killed
Julissa, Lucila and Tevia had been heading home from a barbecue at a nearby lake when the accident occurred on Route 15 in Jefferson Township, said Elizabeth Echevarria, Julissa’s sister and Tevia’s aunt.
“They were wonderful people,” Elizabeth said. “It’s just a tragedy, losing four members in the family at the same time. I can’t believe it. We are all in shock. Everybody is numb.”
The three victims, all from Jersey City, were members of the same family; Lucila was Tevia’s grandmother, according to Fox News.
What a terrible tragedy.
Alleged Drunk Driver Charged In Fatal Accident
The driver of the SUV, Luis Torres, 37, of Jersey City, told police he had been drinking beer for most of the day, and he was returning home from a family gathering when he suddenly veered off the road and overturned, ejecting several of its nine passengers. Luis was being held on $750,000 cash bail on Aug. 25. He faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Luis and his passengers, who ranged in age from 5 to 40, all suffered moderate to serious injuries.
This is so sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Julissa, Lucila and Tevia’s family during this difficult time.
— Tierney McAfee