Three Maryland Residents Killed on New Jersey Freeway

By Peter DePaolis

Passing motorists were able to save a 9-year-old boy from a fiery wreckage earlier this month in New Jersey, but the other three adult passengers in the vehicle perished. According to, the auto accident happened on Interstate 295 shortly after 6 p.m. in the southbound lanes. The boy and three victims were Maryland residents.

New Jersey police say it was a single-vehicle car crash. The victims were in a 1993 Honda Accord traveling south. Their car veered off the road, hit a tree, and burst into flames. The four passengers remained trapped in the burning car when passersby pulled the boy from the car. They could not reach the three adults because of the flames, and rescue workers pronounced them dead at the scene.

Emergency responders flew the 9-year-old boy to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Doctors said he suffered a broken femur and he is in stable condition. The 24-year-old victim was from Cheverly, and the 24-year-old and 38-year-old victims were from Lanham.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.

It is extremely unfortunate that the motorists could not save the three victims, but they were able to save the youngest passenger. Knowing what to do after a car accident either as a witness or driver is crucial. Contact our experienced team today for a consultation.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.