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Teenage Girl Cited in Crash at Intersection of Ackerman and Bellair

Three citations issued; property damaged

A teenage girl has been issued three citations by the Ridgewood Police Department for her role in an accident that led to damage to two vehicles and property on Doremus Avenue Thursday at around 8:30 p.m.

According to Police Chief John Ward, the driver of a Ford F-450 pickup truck was traveling north on Ackerman Avenue when he spotted the 17-year-old girl in a 2011 Jeep Patriot traveling east on Belair Road. The chief said the pickup truck driver observed the teen blow through the stop sign on Belair without headlights on and then struck his vehicle, causing front-end damage to both.

The force of the impact reportedly caused the Ford F-450 to slam into multiple bushes and trees on a property on Doremus Avenue, causing damage.

The driver of the pickup suffered no injuries and, according to the chief, while the airbags deployed on the Patriot and the juvenile complained of leg pain, she refused medical attention.

"Thank God nobody was hurt," Ward said early Friday afternoon.

The 17-year-old was issued citations for failure to stop and yield, not having headlights on and failure to provide proof of insurance, he said.

Mike Doherty, a concerned neighbor on nearby Randolph Street said at the scene Thursday night that like Ward, he was relieved the crash didn't result in injuries, or worse, death.

"I'm glad nobody died, that's what's important," he said. Doherty called the area a "bad intersection" and remarked that an elderly woman was involved in a gruesome accident here last year.

"She was hanging upside down in her car," he said.

Police shut down the intersection shortly after the Thursday night crash, preventing passage from all sides. The area was opened by 10 p.m.

Danny June 12, 2011 at 11:23 PM
this would be a good time for cell phone lady to chime in. id bet all the money in my wallet this kid was on the phone or texting
James Kleimann June 13, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Certainly there are a lot of teens that use their cell phone to call and/or text while driving (not saying that's what happened here; to my knowledge that's not in the report) but is it a generational thing in your view? I see drivers of all ages on their phones, calling and texting.
Katherine Mayr June 20, 2011 at 05:53 PM
ABC's Extreme Makeover spotlighted this issue of distracted driving in there program about ALEX BROWN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjiFmiF-VlE I took the pledge never to text and drive.. Check out her story, it will change your thinking. www.rememberalexbrownfoundation.org -- Kate

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