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Teen Extricated After Car Hit Tree on Kinnelon Road

Police said 17-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries after losing control of her car.

A 17-year-old female was injured and had to be cut out of her car after a crash on Kinnelon Road Thursday morning, according to police.

The Kinnelon teenager, whose name was not released, was transported to Morristown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. John Schwartz.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene of the accident, near 214 Kinnelon Road, around 7:30 a.m. and found the car, a 1996 Toyota Camry, crashed into a large tree. Police said there was extensive damage to the driver's side of the car and the female was the only person inside.

Police said the teen was moaning and unable to move and the Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Co. needed to use the Jaws of Life to cut the roof and door off the car so that she could be removed from the vehicle. Prior to that, an off-duty Fairfield police officer attempted to administer CPR to the teenager.

A preliminary investigation revealed the driver was driving East on Kinnelon Road when she lost control due to wet road conditions and slid off the roadway. At that point, police said, the car hit a mailbox and made impact with the tree.

Police also said speed and poor tire conditions appear to have been contributing factors in the crash.

Kinnelon Road, between Fayson Lakes Road and Pheasant Run, was closed for more than two hours Thursday morning while the Kinnelon Police Department and Morris County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation. The road was reopened around 10:30 a.m.

The Kinnelon school district sent a Nixle alert to parents advising that the road was closed and that buses would not be servicing the area. A later Nixle sent at 8:34 a.m. said buses would be detouring to Strong Drive to pick up children from the South Glen Road and Pheasant Run neighborhoods.

Kinnelon Department of Public Works employees, Butler police officers and paramedics from Chilton Hospital also assisted at the scene.

peanut622 October 04, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Good job to all responders and lets pray this young lady makes a speedy recovery.... Bad section of the road someone was definetly watching over her, her car looked pretty bad
Richard Dean October 04, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I am constantly amazed at how fast drivers think they can go through those curves disregarding all of the warning signs. Hopefully this was not a result of carelessness but weather conditions.
Big Bird October 05, 2012 at 02:53 AM
A 17 year old girl went to the hospital today with severe injuries so how about you hold your opinions for 48 hours until we see she is ok. My guess is she made a mistake, like we all did at 17 and thank god she and everyone else is going to be ok. No need to comment, go about your business and keep your opinion to yourself, I am not all that interested in your thoughts on the matter.
robert bura October 05, 2012 at 09:26 AM
I have seen how many of the new drivers st KHS drive and amazed there are not more accidents occuring. Unfortunatley we have too many parents here inKinnelon that are too bussy to be involved in their kids life and this is but another sympton of that problem.
Jo October 05, 2012 at 11:22 AM
I agree, Big Bird, with your assessment. This is a time for extending empathy and understanding, not speculation and moral judgments... I remember when my 17 yr old daughter (way back when) hit black ice on Cutlass Rd during her first winter driving. There was only material damage, but I (secretly) was grateful and hopeful that she'd had this humbling experience.
Curious October 05, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Seriously... sometimes I think people just wake up negative and ready to pounce and pass judgement. I forgot we live in a world where there are some perfect people who have nothing to do but point the finger at the wrongdoings of others. I agree with Jo and Big Bird. And Robert - parents aren't too busy to be involved in their kids lives - their working like crazy to provide for their family.
Ktown October 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Robert, Why must it be the parents fault? You don't even know the drivers name or the reason and right away you blame the parents. If your son happens to get into an accident will you step foword and blame yourself for being a bad parent it is an honest mistake. That is why it is an accident!!!!
KinnelonFF October 05, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Why don't we concentrate on what matters here? Pray and hope for a speedy recovery for this young girl.
Dorian Alexander October 05, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Hey Rich...I understand you had a pretty heavy foot back in the day. I'm sure with a little time to reflect you regret your snap judgement. I happen to kow this whole family...they're wonderful people, great parents, and lovely kids!
mimi October 06, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Inexperience, weather conditions and other contributing factors cause accidents. As a parent of 2 post teenage drivers and another child getting close to that age, I worry still all the time about their driving habits.Luckily I've only had to deal with a major accident with one child, although not the fault of his driving. My prayers go out to the family of this young girl.
Dorian Alexander October 07, 2012 at 03:14 AM
And apparently other people's parents were too busy to teach their kids how to use spell-check. So sad. You have no clue who these people are...how can you possibly make an assumption about their involvement in their child's life because the 17 year old was driving to school in the morning? It's not like she was joy riding at 3 in the morning...sheesh!
Trolololol October 16, 2012 at 02:31 AM
the irony here is killing me. If I remember correctly, your son through a party at your house. Where's the responsible parent there?
Latin Kings October 16, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Your kid threw a rager that destroyed half your house, dont speak about getting involved in your childrens lives

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