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Car Slams Into Tree, Flips, Sending One to Hospital

A 17-year-old boy was taken to Valley Hospital after the vehicle he was traveling in hit a tree on Van Emburgh Avenue and rolled over Friday afternoon.

A 17-year-old passenger was transported to Valley Hospital Friday afternoon after the car he was in struck a tree and rolled over on Van Emburgh Avenue.

Arvind Naravane, 73, of Monroe, NJ, was traveling south on Van Emburgh when the vehicle he was driving suddenly veered into a tree and flipped at about 12:30 p.m.

"It all happened in a fraction of a second," Naravane said at the scene. His Nissan Sentra was totaled in the wreck, with both airbags deploying. Pieces of the vehicle were scattered along the road and on a lawn. 

"I don't know how it happened," he said. Naravane claimed he was driving 20 mph and was not distracted in the moments leading up to the accident.

The 17-year-old boy was taken to Valley Hospital with minor injuries, Ridgewood Police Sgt. Brian Pullman said. No citations have been issued to the driver.

"I'm just glad I was wearing a seat belt," a shaken but uninjured Naravane remarked. "If not, I might be dead. It's scary."

The vehicle was towed from the scene. Ridgewood Fire Department personnel also responded to the afternoon crash.

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Dennis Martinez October 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM
The explanation doesn't add up. It sounds like the best thing for us in Bergen County is to get this 73 year old back to Monroe, NJ.
J Charles October 13, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Assuming mechanical failure and a distraction have been excluded, here are the possibilities: dementia, cardiac arrhythmia , transient ischemic attack, seizure, metabolic , visual or auditory impairment, drug adverse effect, or restrictive orthopedic problem.
JM October 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
17 year old passenger. 73 year old driver.
sandy October 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Our car was totalled when it's wheels locked at 20 MPH and it skidded into a telephone pole. And it didn't even flip.
J.D. Luke October 14, 2012 at 12:15 PM
How did its wheels lock? Was there a mechanical flaw in the braking system?

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