SAYREVILLE, N.J. (WABC) -- There's new dash cam video of the moment a car slammed into a concrete barrier along a New Jersey highway and erupted in a giant fireball.
**Dashcam video courtesy of NJ.com/Gleb Suvorov**
The driver of that car survived but sadly his passenger did not.
Now the driver is under arrest for the death of his friend.
In the darkness of Route 9, the video is horrifying; a shower of sparks, a car gone airborne and steel reinforced Jersey barrier that simply disintegrated.
"It was like a freight train went through it," said Cindy Trocchio, a driver.
Chunks of concrete flew into oncoming traffic, one of them broadsided Cindy Trocchio's car.
She didn't even know what hit her.
"I feared for my own life. I have three kids at home I feared what if they would get a phone call.
On Sunday night, her car became collateral damage in that catastrophic crash.
She as she drove north on Route 9 heading home from a concert, a white Mercedes on the other side lost control and slammed into the median.
At the wheel, a 20-year-old named Nicholas Gomes, who somehow survived with barely a scratch.
His 19-year-old friend, however, Brandon Nareski was ejected from the car and died at the scene.
"It always seems to be the passenger who doesn't make it,"
"We're lucky the cement was so dense because if it was lighter it would have hit the window and we would have had more than one fatality,"
Prosecutors charged the driver, Gomes, with one count of Death by Auto. They have not said if alcohol or drugs were a factor.
Though when you see the video, and the damage to the Jersey barrier designed to take a hit, speed almost certainly was a factor.
"I've cried more than once even thinking about it. I have too much to live for," Trocchio said.
The mental trauma is so intense for Cindy that she's afraid to leave her house.
It would be perfectly reasonable for her to be angry at the young driver, but she's not.
"Yet I pray for him because he's going to have to live with that for the rest of his life," Trocchio said.
Dashcam video of fatal Sayreville crash, driver charged
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