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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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JAFO October 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Naravane claimed he was driving 20 mph and was not distracted in the moments leading up to the accident. And in other news, former president Bill Clinton once again stated for the record "I did not have sexual relations with that girl, Ms. Lewinski".
Slow Down October 12, 2012 at 06:44 PM
that is not 20 mph damage
Jeanette L October 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I agree. He was going faster than that. What's scarier is if he really believes that he wasn't distracted and either blacked out for a second or has dementia and doesn't remember it or had a minor stroke! I can't believe the amount of accidents we are suddenly seeing. It's frightening. Thank God no one was seriously hurt.
OHW October 12, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Assume the 73 is a typo. Not a accelerator-instead-of-brake accident as no walls or buildings involved :-)
SR res October 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
SR resident How do you know when a teenager is lying? Their lips are moving. Historically, young drivers cause ( not simply have) accidents because they are distracted, speeding, on a phone or under the influence. There's no way the driver was traveling under the speed limit and sustained that much damage. Any investigation pending?
jp1 October 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
20 mph you must be kidding!
jp1 October 12, 2012 at 08:16 PM
73 seems to be the drivers age.
James Kleimann October 12, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I'm not an accident reconstruction expert nor did I witness the accident, so I can't say if he was going 10, 20, 50, 200 mph. The car did flip in the accident, so that could explain why the damage appears so extensive. Also, due to the way vehicles are engineered these days with roll cage crumple zones, they're designed to absorb the bulk of the impact. I'm often surprised to see a lot of very scary looking accidents where occupants only suffer very minor injuries.
bob October 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Sorry SR but I think you misread the article. The driver of the vehicle was 73 not 17. The 17 year old was a passenger.
James Kleimann October 12, 2012 at 08:26 PM
SR res – the teenager was the passenger, not the driver.
SR res October 12, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Great point, James. And yes, I read through that too quickly!
James Kleimann October 12, 2012 at 08:47 PM
No worries.
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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