Authorities investigate fatal car crash in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose III announced that authorities are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Jan. 25.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., Newark police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Bergen Street and Madison Avenue on reports of a motor vehicle crash. Arriving units observed that a 2011 Acura MDX had crashed into the side of a residence in the 600 block of Bergen Street. Arriving units observed two unresponsive males within the vehicle. The males were subsequently pronounced dead at the scene at 5:50 am, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly, of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit. The residence on Bergen Street suffered structural damage as a result of the crash and the occupants were evacuated by authorities. The Acura had been reported stolen in Elizabeth.

The occupants of the vehicle have been identified as Quadre Robinson, 17, and Quayim Battle, 19. The cause of death for both males will be determined by autopsies by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s office in Newark.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to Fennelly. The investigation is being conducted by the Prosecutor’s Crime Scene Investigations Bureau and the Newark Police Department. The Newark Fire Department and University Hospital’s Emergency Services Division also responded to and assisted at the scene.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor’s Tips Line at 877-847-7432. No further information is available at this time.