Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Driver Remains In Critical Condition.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 The crash occurred on northbound Route 304 in the vicinity of the Crooked Hill Road overpass at approximately 3:26 p.m. that Saturday over the Columbus Day weekend. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. My son … they’re only 15 years old. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. Two passengers in the Porsche, Pearl River High School senior and football player Altin Nezaj, 17, and 15-year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, were killed. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. “I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox. Damiani said the prosecution asked the judge for a delay in presenting evidence and witness statements to the defense within 10 days of arrest under the state justice reforms. Two senior students were involved in a horrible accident yesterday,” Superintendent Marco Pochintesta told reporters Monday. Route 304 was shut down and part of the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line was suspended in both directions as emergency responders worked to extinguish the fire. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. “Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. He is the older brother of Aisha Radoncic, the driver in this week's crash. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. Orangetown Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. I have no indication there was any agreement to have a race.". The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as Naser Redzepagic) of Orangeburg were “negligent, wanton, reckless and careless” in causing the crash on Oct. 13, 2019. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … He said his daughter and Radoncic were cousins and were spending the long weekend together at her aunt’s house in Rockland County, New York. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. She’s a twin. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived.Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer.“I can’t bear. Sign up today for a digital subscription. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. "The allegations are that the two arrested individuals were engaged in a road race. 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic of Orangeburg was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center. She’s a twin. Orangeburg Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Castro of Nanuet drove a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta and was not injured. His wrestling coach remembered him as a great teammate and competitor whom they called “Big Al.” In track-and-field, he threw the discus and shot put. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Names and conditions were not available for the three people in the minivan with her: a woman older than Radoncic, a baby and a preschooler whom police guessed to be about 3 years old. “Honor students, top of their class. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. My son … they’re only 15 years old. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as … Only 15, all her life in front of her.”. “That was her destiny.”Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors.“We find ourselves in the midst of an awful, awful tragedy. The entire team attended his wake at a Yonkers funeral home. Radoncic, who was treated at the Westchester Medical Center and released, and Cekic were cousins. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. "I have no information other than the allegations. Her cousin – 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic – drove Cekic and their friend – 17-year-old Altin Nezaj – in her aunt’s Porche SUV to pick up groceries. James Sullivan said at the time there was no indication of drug or alcohol use by the drivers or passengers. “They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. I kept seeing the flames. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. "Aside from the tragic deaths and pain suffered by the families, we don't have any indication our client is criminally responsible," Damiani said. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed when a collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Rockland County. Radoncic remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from … Nezaj died at the scene, while emergency room personnel pronounced Cekic dead at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. “I can’t bear. Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week. msn back to msn home news. Her cousin – 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic – drove Cekic and their friend – 17-year-old Altin Nezaj – in her aunt’s Porche SUV to pick up groceries. There’s no word on what caused the collision. On the Pirates football team, Nezaj wore number 71, a 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound defensive lineman. Steve Lieberman covers government, breaking news, courts, police and investigations. Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, New York, the driver of the Porsche the trio were riding in, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Orangetown police arrested Radoncic on Monday and Castro on Tuesday. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries. Both Radoncic and Castro pleaded not guilty to the charges. "We need to remind our young drivers that cars aren’t toys," Walsh said. Pearl River school Superintendent Marco Pochintesta said the victims of the Oct. 13 crash continued to be remembered by the district community. "What appears to be an exciting race turns into a tragedy that has forever impacted numerous families and Pearl River as a community. Don't miss anything about Altin Nezaj, Aisha Radoncic, Saniha Cekic, Jason T. Castro, Chris Christie, Jason Castro, Marco Pochintesta and others. Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added.He said his daughter and Radoncic were cousins and were spending the long weekend together at her aunt’s house in Rockland County, New York.“They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. ... 17 year-old Altin Nezaj was killed, along with a 15 year-old from Brooklyn. "Our Accident Investigation Team and their partners in the NYS Police and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office have been deeply committed to this investigation from its start," he said. She was in good condition … Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors. An Orangeburg teen remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center following Sunday’s car accident in Pearl River that left two teens dead. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. “She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. powered by Microsoft News. “We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire, because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said. Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic's 2017 Porsche Macan. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Authorities say the driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, first hit a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta before careening off the overpass. Both victims were in the same vehicle, a Porsche driven by Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg. ©2021, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of KETV-TV. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. “Honor students, top of their class. powered by Microsoft News. Attorney John Hughes, representing Radoncic, said he's awaiting the investigative reports before commenting. She was released  without bail for a scheduled court appearance on June 30. PEARL RIVER — More than eight months after the fiery crash that took the lives of her cousin and a high school friend, the Orangeburg woman who drove the sports car that raced down Route 304 and a second driver have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, police said Wednesday. We expect near white out conditions overnight so please stay home. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. James Brown said the incidents is an open criminal case and certain information cannot be released at this time. 'Our family is devastated': 2 teens dead after fiery crash sends SUV tumbling from overpass. Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic… All news from Pearl River. She remains in Westchester Medical Center. Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth said the investigation took time and dedication. All rights reserved. Nezaj, who came from a large, close-knit Albanian-American family, was an excellent student and a standout athlete at Pearl River High School. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Funeral services for 17 year-old Altin Nezaj were held yesterday in Yonkers. Our sympathies go out to all the families involved in this horrible event.”. msn back to msn home news. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed when a collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Rockland County. No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. CBS2's Tony Aiello. Residents said they heard the crash around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the Crooked Hill Road Overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River. Finally, I am extremely grateful to everyone from our Office of Emergency Management, Chief McCullagh and all the men and women of the Clarkstown Police Department. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … The road has had numerous accidents in the area. Read more articles and bio. Orangetown and state police accident investigation officers spent weeks reconstructing the crash and reviewing the evidence with the state police to determine the cause. WITNESS TELLS HOW HE RESPONDED: Pearl River crash scene neighbor tells how he tried to rescue teens, GOOD KID: Pearl River crash victim Altin Nezaj 'a good soul' with 'the biggest smile', SURVIVOR: Pearl River crash survivor is 2nd in her family to dodge death. Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Another In Critical Condition: Saniha Cekic,.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. “This is a remarkable community for its resilience and its ability to come together in times of tragedy, and this is no different,” he said. “We started trying to put out the fire. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. "As we approach graduation, we especially recall the memory of Altin Nezaj, member of the Class of 2020, who we have held in our hearts throughout the year, and we offer our thoughts to the Nezaj, Cekic and Radoncic relatives and loved ones," Pochintesta said in a statement. She’s the only daughter I have. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries.A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon.Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. 15 year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, a cousin of the car’s driver, was buried Tuesday. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. Police arrested Castro and Radoncic on two felony counts of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, speed contests, and races. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. Parisi also knew fellow Pearl River senior Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg, who was driving the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and survived the crash. Damiani said he originally thought Castro would be involved in a civil case, but then the police began interviewing him. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. 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