WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State police say one person has died after being ejected from their vehicle during a crash on the Garden State Parkway in northern New Jersey.
Police have charged two men with vehicular homicide in the incident.
Thomas J Vanderweit, 27, of Saddle Brook, NJ and John Emili, 20 of New City, NY were making frequent lane changes, tailgating each other, and speeding according to New Jersey State Police spokesman Trooper Christopher Kay.
Emili attempted to pass Vanderweit in the exit lane near exit 167. He lost control of his car and swerved off of the road and collided with a metal guard rail, according to witnesses.
Emili’s Honda Pilot bounced back into traffic and overturned, striking Vanderweit’s Chevy Trail Blazer and sending both vehicles off of the road, authorities said.
A female passenger riding in Emili’s vehicle was launched onto the roadway, she was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead shortly after noon.
The accident and the subsequent investigation closed all but one lane of the highway in the area for several hours Sunday afternoon.
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