Chief of Police David Sabagh says yesterday’s accident involving a van that hit a 13 year old skateboarder is a “real tragedy for everyone involved.” “Everyone is in shock and the victim’s family has been with him at UMDNJ hospital ’round the clock.” MVAU rushed the boy to the hospital yesterday afternoon. “He sustained multiple internal injuries and was admitted in critical condition. At least one tire of the van appears to have run over the boy’s torso,” says Sabagh. After undergoing surgery, his condition is improving, but medical staff are reluctant to divulge additional information.
UPDATE:Montclair PD has released the name of the driver of the van, Peter Farnese, of Montclair. Mr. Farnese, described as “distraught at the scene of the accident,” is cooperating fully with police investigators.
Investigators have received conflicting reports about the incident, and are piecing together information now from witnesses, family, and people involved. Here’s what we do know:
At 2:46 pm Montclair Police received a 911 call that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Orange Road. Police, ambulance, and investigators from the prosecutor’s office arrived on the scene.
The youth was riding a waveboard, heading south on Orange Road from Bloomfield Avenue, with a friend. It appears that the youth attempted to cross the road in the middle of the block, near the auto body repair shop and Hillside field. He probably didn’t see the van coming. The boy was hit by the van while in a traffic lane. The boy was not wearing a helmet.
No statement has been released yet about the driver of the van, or by the victim’s family. Sabagh did confirm both the victim and the driver are Montclair residents on Orange Road. No motor vehicle violations have been issued at this point, and it does not look like speed was a factor in this accident, although Sabagh states “it’s too early to tell, too early to point fingers.” The van has been impounded and is being checked for safety compliance.
We expect to have more information later today.