TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: ACTING PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: OCTOBER 24, 2016
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today that the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit under the direction of Acting Deputy Chief, Officer-in-Charge Robert Anzilotti, and the Mahwah Police Department under the direction of Chief James Batelli, are conducting an investigation into a motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Mahwah resident.
At approximately 10:32 p.m., on Saturday, October 22, 2016, Mahwah police officers responded to the area of Bellgrove Drive and North Bayard Lane on a report of a single-vehicle accident with injuries. Police at the scene determined that the involved vehicle, a 2006 Toyota 4Runner driven by a 17-year-old Mahwah man, left the roadway and struck a tree. As a result of the collision, a 17-year-old rear-seat passenger in the vehicle was killed. An additional passenger suffered injuries and was transported to Valley Hospital. Due to the age of the victims and driver, their identities are not being released.
At this time, the cause of the collision remains under investigation and no criminal charges have been filed against the driver. Acting Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank both the Mahwah Police Department and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department for their cooperation in this investigation.