Blue Ridge Teen Killed in Garden State Parkway Crash
Bricktown, New Jersey – A teenager was killed and three others seriously injured in a crash involving three motor vehicles Saturday evening June 22nd on the Garden State Parkway, according to the New Jersey State Police.
The incident took place at 5:22 p.m. near mile marker 93.3 in the northbound lanes of the parkway, said State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele, a State Police spokesman.
The three seriously injured patients were rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Peele said.
New Jersey state troopers said that 15-year-old Rachel Upright, of New Milford, PA, died at the scene.
According to an affidavit, Upright was in the rear passenger seat in her family’s Hyundai Santa Fe when the vehicle was struck from behind. The Hyundai was parked on the northbound shoulder when a Ford Explorer veered into the shoulder, colliding with it.
After colliding with the rear of the Hyundai, the Ford Explorer continued forward, striking the rear of a parked Honda CR-V, police said.
The drivers of the Hyundai and the Honda were not in their vehicles at the time of the crash and were not injured, police said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The community is mourning the loss of Upright, the Susquehanna County teen who was killed in the crash.
Blue Ridge School District Superintendent Matthew Button said that Upright, an honor-roll student, had just finished her freshman year.
"Rachel was really just kind of bright, enthusiastic, just a positive personality around the school district," Button said.
“I knew her for many years…she was a student that was involved in athletics, honor roll student, and just a student of high character," Button recalled.
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Source: Jerseyshore Online
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