Woman dies in crash with fleeing teens

June 23, 2009 4:40:27 PM PDT
A woman was killed when three teen burglary suspects slammed into her car as they fled police through the streets of Newark. Heather Clemen's family just wants answers. Why did she die and could this have been avoided?

  • SLIDESHOW:Fatal Newark crash

    "They killed my daughter," her mother said as she cried.

    Clemens lived for her three children, her family said. She recently turned 42 and decided to get healthier. So Tuesday morning she jogged at Wee-Quick Park. On the drive home after that workout, she was hit by a speeding SUV.

    Police spread out, combed Newark's Wee-Quick Park and the neighborhood searching for clues.

    An alert and aggressive blood hound followed the scent of two suspects. "It's horrific to know someone didn't have a conscience to stop and face the consequences," Nicole Grate said.

    Police say it started just before 6:30 Tuesday morning. Three teens allegedly broke into a car on Concord Place in Elizabeth.

    Officers caught a 17-year-old boy, but two others refused to give up easily. They hopped into a stolen Mercury Mountaineer, police said.

    Officers followed the s-u-v, but claim it was not a chase.

    "I know the police officers are doing the best they can. It's sad," Greg Maxwell said.

    The suspects allegedly hit Clemens' Dodge Neon at Dayton Street, killing her.

    The crushed cars, skid marks and toppled stop light littered the scene.

    Morning joggers called police when they saw the suspects hustle to get away.

    They remained at large on Monday night.


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