Candle Light Vigil Held For Victims Of Fatal Accident

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBS 2) – Nearly 40 people attended a candle light vigil in Toms River on Friday night to remember three friends that were killed in a mysterious car accident.

Investigators said 20-year-old Matthew Budesa, 20-year-old Kimberly Van Gorden and 21-year-old Matt Witzgall died early Thursday morning after their Hyundai Accent crashed into Pine Beach Elementary School.

Pine Beach police confirmed that the compact car was traveling at a high rate of speed and the passengers were not wearing seat belts.

All of it remains difficult to handle for friends.

“It’s just a complete shock,” Donna Riccardi said.

Police will not comment on whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, but one source said drugs, including pills, were found in the Hyundai.

Whatever the case, friends are still distraught by it all.

“All these kids had a lot of love and support, they had a lot of friends, everyone cared for them,” Tori Wehringer said.

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  1. Gino de Lucia says:

    Gino De Lucia, Toms River, NJ

    Please show some respect for the families of these victims; they’re suffering enough and they shouldn’t be subjected to washwomen-like hear-say gossip about this horrible tragedy!

  2. Gino De Lucia, Toms River, NJ says:

    Please show some respect for the families of these victims; they’re suffering enough and they shouldn’t be subjected to washwomen-like hear-say gossip about this horrible tragedy!

  3. shostak says:

    cops close to this investigation don’t know how to keep their damn mouths shut. especially leaking preliminary info to the press!

    i wound up hearing more than i should have from someone close …

    let’s just wait until the investigation is complete and an official statement comes out.

  4. bob says:

    A NOTE TO ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE SLOW DOWN,,,,WEAR A SEAT BELT ,AND PAY ATTENTION (STAY OFF THE PHONE)…..Also be considerate on the road ……

  5. wanda says:

    it was suicide

    1. nicki says:

      You don’t know that ..let the families grieve..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Imagine an even greater tragedy had their car struck another car with innocent people. We should be relieved that only the responsible party was affected.

  7. Bob D'Agostino says:

    In North Carolina young men and women of the same age group
    die often and in unusual large numbers from car crashes
    where they do not wear seatbelts,this is very sad .
    How can we impress some young drivers to always buckle up?
    If drugs were involved here , that will live a a horror tot he friends
    and families forever.

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