Lakewood man who heard the double fatal accident and was first on scene describes the horrific tragedy; Calls for action

The man who heard the fatal accident at the Lakewood/Jackson border yesterday and was first on scene, described exclusively to TLS the horrific tragedy.

The Lakewood man was working just a few doors down when he heard the engine and then the massive boom.

“I heard them gun the engine – the vehicle must have been going over 100 MPH,” the man told TLS.

“I was there in less than a minute. I was the one who called 911 and who the dispatcher instructed to check them for a pulse,” he said.

When he came looking, he initially couldn’t even find the vehicle – until he saw a cloud of smoke and dust.

He immediately ran over to the vehicle and attempted to shut the vehicle, but he was afraid the vehicle would explode.

When he approached the vehicle, he says he didn’t realize there was a patient on the ground – he was ejected from the vehicle.

When emergency personnel arrived, the caller – himself an EMT, says he instructed personnel to work on the patient on the ground – because the patient in the vehicle was already deceased. Emergency personnel worked on the patient for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Three lucky riders

In a frightening twist, the man says three bikers were lucky to be alive.

“Ten minutes before this happened, I arrived back there from going to pick something up. As I drove up Faraday Avenue, there were three Bike 4 Chai riders going down Faraday Avenue.” They were lucky to have not been there just 10 minutes later.

Something needs to be done

The man says he wants authorities and the Township to look into this stretch of road.

“I have been living in Lakewood for 30 years. It has always been known that if you want a place to drag race, Faraday Ave is the place,” he said.

“In my opinion, it is the Township of Jackson to at the very least install multiple stop signs on this street to prevent something like this from happening again. This should not take days, weeks, months, or years to be done. IT HAS TO BE DONE TODAY.”

He added, “To the township of Jackson: Don’t let the lost lives of these two people be in vain. Do something to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. One of your loved ones could have been a victim just the same.”

Despite being and EMT for approximately 40 years, the man says this was the worst he saw.

“I have seen gunshot wounds and all, but this was something I never saw before,” he said. “I am still in shock as to what I heard and saw. I did not sleep for even a minute last night and am still shaking. I can not stop thinking about this. My condolences to the families of these two people, and may they both rest in peace.”

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  1. That stretch of road has ALWAYS been a place where kids used to drag race because it was a desolate area and you can get up on a run and go. It has been dangerous for more than 50 years. Many have lost their lives on that road or have had friends or family lost there. I don’t think putting stop signs up there will help. Its not the first time, nor the last time someone will get hurt out there. The kids today are not as careful as we were back then, they think, well maybe not that it will not be them. Shame how history repeats itself over and over.

  2. These people are rodfim who put other people’s lives in danger. I’m not sure how much rachmonus we should have for them.

  3. Shouldn’t assume so quickly no one knows what really happened. Word is it wasn’t a race but something else with a sinister intention. Rest In Peace to those men that leave behind a family.

  4. Someone mentioned “sinister intent”. I live near the area of this tragic accident and would like to know what was meant by “sinister intent”. What happened? Should I be careful of something in the future? Please explain your cryptic message.

  5. what i would assume they meant by sinister intent is that they gunned the engine with the intention of crashing into the utility pole. i have no first hand info just piecing together what was written here.

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