13-year-old boy fatally struck in car crash in Newark: Officials

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Officials: 13-year-old boy fatally struck in crash in Newark
Toni Yates has the story.

NEWARK. New Jersey (WABC) -- The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says a 13-year-old boy was fatally struck in a two-vehicle crash on Sunday.

Edwin Martinez was in a BMW driven by his 18-year-old cousin when another car crashed into them at intersection of Clifton Avenue and Montclair Avenue at 9:50 p.m.

Xenia Martinez lost her only child, she stated through heartbreaking misery.

"Why did they have to kill my son?" Martinez said. "Why lord?"

Martinez says her son was talking to a girl on the phone while in the car. The girl apparently heard the crash over the phone and called her to tell her what had happened.

"He was a very lovable kid," said Bilma Ramos, Martinez's cousin. "No words, I'm just shocked myself.."

Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials.

"I hear the strong bang, come out and see a few people," said Newark's Manny Silva.

The conditions of the other people involved in the crash have yet to be released.


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