Car flips, teen walks away

Driver escaped serious injury when his car overturned last Wednesday on Passaic Ave. in Kearny. Photo by Karen Zautyk


Only hours after one Kearny teenager was killed in an auto accident (see p. 1 story), another escaped serious injury when his car flipped over on Passaic Ave. near North Midland Ave. last Wednesday.

The lucky driver, a 17 years old, was alone in the car, heading north on Passaic,  when he missed the curve on the hill just south of the railroad  trestle at about 5 p.m., police said.

According to the police report, the teen said the car drifted as he was putting something into the glove box. The 1991 Mercury clipped the curb, hit a utility pole and overturned, ending up on its roof in the middle of the two-lane road.

No other vehicles were involved.

When police arrived at the scene, the driver was sitting on the curb, waiting for them. He apparently suffered only a knee injury and was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.

He was also issued a summons for careless driving.

The accident forced police to close Passaic Ave. from North Midland to Laurel Ave. at the height of afternoon rush-hour, causing traffic backups on local streets.


––– Karen Zautyk