Woman Critical After Crash On Garden State Parkway

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A woman is critically injured in the hospital after slamming into a cement wall on the Garden State Parkway. Police say a flying tire set off a series of collisions.

Steven Pierre-Louis tells CBS 2 he’s still in shock. On Saturday night, he rushed to his family’s home in Newark as soon as he got word that his sister, Claudine Pierre-Louis, had been in a serious accident on the Parkway.

His mother called and told him.

“It’s the kind of stuff that happens in movies, not in real life, but I guess it did happen,” he told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

“I could barely hear her. She was just crying,” he added.

Police say 22-year-old Claudine was driving northbound on the Parkway in Woodbridge when at Exit 131, a tire came flying off a Dodge Dakota heading southbound.

The car in front of Pierre-Louis’s Camry stopped short. She slammed into that car as the flying tire hit her dashboard. Investigators say she then hit another car before slamming into a cement wall.

She’s was taken by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Coincidentally, a neighbor of the family says he was on the Parkway near the accident when it happened.

“I see the traffic and everybody was trying to get off the exit,” said neighbor Yves Fils. “It’s very sad right now.”

Pierre-Louis says he is his sister’s mentor and spoke to her just a few days ago.

“I just hope she’s OK,” he said.

Police say they’re trying to figure out how that tire could have possibly come loose, while Pierre-Louis says his family is keeping vigil by his sister’s side.

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  • Fresnel

    My condolences to the whole family’s…. RIP to Claudine she will be remember, May God protect her soul!!!

  • Gippsn

    we’ll always love you didine.i know you not only with the the angel you an angel.love you always and forever.R.I.P LOVE U.

  • Elizabeth

    Sadly, she did not make it. What a tragic accident. keeping friends and family in our prayers.

  • bbth

    I can’t believe that happened to her! Things can happen to anybody! Oh lord! R.I.P Claudine! I’ll always love you n I’ll never forget you. She was a gud person n damn now she died.

  • kedner

    how would i ever forget about you my dear couz! thanks for this suprise. RIP and remember always that I love you, like a sister, daughter cousin , niece and so on, may the lord be with you.

    • Tamara

      Hey how are you? I hope everything ok with you

  • Tamara

    She didn’t make it ,thank you for our pray

  • Ed

    Very sad – hopefully she makes a speedy and full recovery. Prayers with the family.

  • Raymond Leslie

    The only part holding a properly secured tire to a vehicle is the wheel bearing. If the bearing seperates it’s lights out.

    • co-co

      i didnt even know her but i knew ppl that went through the same thing and i kno how bad it hurts to for a love one to b gone unexpectly even wen u just talked to the person min, hours, or even days b4…that just goes to show that no matter wat happen between u n a love ones tell them u love them everyday bcuz u never know wat god have pland for the future may god bless the family and may he keep claudine in the middle of his palm…god bless her perious soul!!!!

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