Juvenile passenger killed when car slams into home in New Jersey

LAKEWOOD, New Jersey (WABC) -- A juvenile passenger was killed when a car slammed into a house in New Jersey Monday night.

It happened just after 9:30 p.m. on South Clover Street in Lakewood.

Police said the investigation revealed that a 2009 Infiniti G37 operated by a juvenile and containing two passengers, 18-year-old Hector Martinez and another juvenile, were traveling eastbound on Cedarbridge Avenue approaching Clover Street at a high rate of speed.

Another vehicle was in the left-hand turn lane attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Clover Street, when the driver of the Infiniti attempted to navigate around that vehicle and lost control.

The Infiniti left the roadway and struck the face of a building, overturning and coming to rest on its hood.

The juvenile passenger who was seated in the rear of the vehicle was ejected and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim's identity has not been released, but the Lakewood School District confirmed it was a student.

The driver and Martinez were both transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune to be treated for their injuries.

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One woman had just left the room and as the car crashed through the wall, and part of the home fell on a man sitting on a couch near the front window.

Luckily, he was not seriously injured.

Area residents say cars constantly race on the straightaway and that this was yet another tragic and senseless example.

The investigation is active and ongoing, and it is unclear at this time what charges will be filed.

The Lakewood School District will be providing crisis and grief counseling to all students and families on July 7-9 in the gymnasium of Lakewood High School between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the interim, any student or family who requires assistance should contact Community Liaison Anna Faone.

The district will have Trauma Response Packets prepared for each student or parent that will have information on trauma and grief, counseling services available both in and out of school, and release forms in the event that contact with any outside agencies or medical professionals on behalf of the student is required .

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