Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … PEARL RIVER — More than eight months after the fiery crash that took the lives of her cousin and a high school friend, the Orangeburg woman who drove the sports car that raced down Route 304 and a second driver have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, police said Wednesday. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Sign up today for a digital subscription. The Porsche driver, 17-year-old Orangeburg resident Aisha Radoncic, was injured and taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she was in … Both victims were in the same vehicle, a Porsche driven by Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg. Capt. Radoncic's car plunged off the Route 304 overpass onto the train tracks for the Pascack Valley line, bursting into flames. “This is a remarkable community for its resilience and its ability to come together in times of tragedy, and this is no different,” he said. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS. Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. Conditions are definitely worsening, winds are picking up and snow is coming down at one to three inches an hour. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Names and conditions were not available for the three people in the minivan with her: a woman older than Radoncic, a baby and a preschooler whom police guessed to be about 3 years old. Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added.He said his daughter and Radoncic were cousins and were spending the long weekend together at her aunt’s house in Rockland County, New York.“They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. PEARL RIVER – Orangetown Police have released the identities of the two teens killed in a car crash in Pearl River on Sunday. Butterworth and District Attorney Thomas Walsh also recalled the young people who died in the crash. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. Funeral services for 17 year-old Altin Nezaj were held yesterday in Yonkers. Services were planned for a mosque in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night, Aiello reported. Two senior students were involved in a horrible accident yesterday,” Superintendent Marco Pochintesta told reporters Monday.Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week.“This is a remarkable community for its resilience and its ability to come together in times of tragedy, and this is no different,” he said.“We’re always going to remember Altin Nezaj as the terrific student and athlete that he was,” he added.Residents said they heard the crash around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the Crooked Hill Road Overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River.“I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS.They desperately tried to help as the teens’ Porsche burst into flames.“We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire, because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said.The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. msn back to msn home news. Route 304 was shut down and part of the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line was suspended in both directions as emergency responders worked to extinguish the fire. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. Orangetown Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as Naser Redzepagic) of Orangeburg were “negligent, wanton, reckless and careless” in causing the crash on Oct. 13, 2019. Pearl River school Superintendent Marco Pochintesta said the victims of the Oct. 13 crash continued to be remembered by the district community. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Read more articles and bio. “I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS. The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. She was released  without bail for a scheduled court appearance on June 30. No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”. An Orangeburg teen remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center following Sunday’s car accident in Pearl River that left two teens dead. We expect near white out conditions overnight so please stay home. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. "It was a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out the families who lost loved ones," Hughes said. I kept seeing the flames. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. Her cousin – 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic – drove Cekic and their friend – 17-year-old Altin Nezaj – in her aunt’s Porche SUV to pick up groceries. Our local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Radoncic, who was treated at the Westchester Medical Center and released, and Cekic were cousins. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. Castro's attorney, Gerard Damiani, said he had yet to see any evidence from the police and prosecution concerning his client. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. All news from Pearl River. Our sympathies go out to all the families involved in this horrible event.”. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived.Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer.“I can’t bear. There’s no word on what caused the collision.Route 304 was shut down and part of the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line was suspended in both directions as emergency responders worked to extinguish the fire.“Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. I kept seeing the flames. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. ©2021, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of KETV-TV. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as … "As we approach graduation, we especially recall the memory of Altin Nezaj, member of the Class of 2020, who we have held in our hearts throughout the year, and we offer our thoughts to the Nezaj, Cekic and Radoncic relatives and loved ones," Pochintesta said in a statement. 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic of Orangeburg was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center. "Aside from the tragic deaths and pain suffered by the families, we don't have any indication our client is criminally responsible," Damiani said. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. All we heard was this poor girl screaming. © 2021 www.lohud.com. Only 15, all her life in front of her.”“She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed when a collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Rockland County. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. She had been airlifted to the hospital. “We started trying to put out the fire. Two passengers in the Porsche, Pearl River High School senior and football player Altin Nezaj, 17, and 15-year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, were killed. “Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. She’s the only daughter I have. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. ... 17 year-old Altin Nezaj was killed, along with a 15 year-old from Brooklyn. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. James Sullivan said at the time there was no indication of drug or alcohol use by the drivers or passengers. “We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire, because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said. Pochintesta said people should follow the school’s website and Facebook page for updates on upcoming memorial services. On the Pirates football team, Nezaj wore number 71, a 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound defensive lineman. “Honor students, top of their class. She’s a twin. No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. Her cousin – 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic – drove Cekic and their friend – 17-year-old Altin Nezaj – in her aunt’s Porche SUV to pick up groceries. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. She remains in Westchester Medical Center. My son … they’re only 15 years old. Attorney John Hughes, representing Radoncic, said he's awaiting the investigative reports before commenting. Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Another In Critical Condition: Saniha Cekic,.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. CBS2's Tony Aiello. Police are still investigating the crash but have not found evidence of drugs or alcohol. powered by Microsoft News. She’s a twin. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. Castro was arraigned by Justice Patrick Loftus and released without bail pending a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 10. msn back to msn home news. "We need to remind our young drivers that cars aren’t toys," Walsh said. Damiani said the prosecution asked the judge for a delay in presenting evidence and witness statements to the defense within 10 days of arrest under the state justice reforms. Castro of Nanuet drove a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta and was not injured. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Services were planned for a mosque in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night, Aiello reported.Pochintesta said people should follow the school’s website and Facebook page for updates on upcoming memorial services.Radoncic remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center.Watch the video above to learn more about this story. She’s the only daughter I have. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as … Authorities say the driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, first hit a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta before careening off the overpass. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . Authorities say the driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, first hit a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta before careening off the overpass. "Ms. Radoncic also was a victim and not the culpable party.". The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. The entire team attended his wake at a Yonkers funeral home. Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox. Orangeburg Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth said the investigation took time and dedication. Watch the video above to learn more about this story. Radoncic remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center. “We find ourselves in the midst of an awful, awful tragedy. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from … Residents said they heard the crash around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the Crooked Hill Road Overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River. "I have no information other than the allegations. Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added. Police arrested Castro and Radoncic on two felony counts of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, speed contests, and races. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic's 2017 Porsche Macan. Reach him at slieberm@lohud.com and on Twitter: @lohudlegal. Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. The driver of the car, 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic, was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center yesterday, according to published reports. Finally, I am extremely grateful to everyone from our Office of Emergency Management, Chief McCullagh and all the men and women of the Clarkstown Police Department. The road has had numerous accidents in the area. The judge did not make a decision, he said. James Brown said the incidents is an open criminal case and certain information cannot be released at this time. Damiani said he originally thought Castro would be involved in a civil case, but then the police began interviewing him. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Steve Lieberman covers government, breaking news, courts, police and investigations. “That was her destiny.”Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors.“We find ourselves in the midst of an awful, awful tragedy. Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Driver Remains In Critical Condition.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. 'Our family is devastated': 2 teens dead after fiery crash sends SUV tumbling from overpass. The crash occurred on northbound Route 304 in the vicinity of the Crooked Hill Road overpass at approximately 3:26 p.m. that Saturday over the Columbus Day weekend. “We’re always going to remember Altin Nezaj as the terrific student and athlete that he was,” he added. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. “Today our community relives the horrible tragedy that claimed the lives of two teenagers, taken from us with there whole lives in front of them," Walsh said. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. “They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. He said she's still recovering from her injuries. I have no indication there was any agreement to have a race.". The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. He said his daughter and Radoncic were cousins and were spending the long weekend together at her aunt’s house in Rockland County, New York. CBS2's Tony Aiello. Don't miss anything about Altin Nezaj, Aisha Radoncic, Saniha Cekic, Jason T. Castro, Chris Christie, Jason Castro, Marco Pochintesta and others. Only 15, all her life in front of her.”. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic… Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. WITNESS TELLS HOW HE RESPONDED: Pearl River crash scene neighbor tells how he tried to rescue teens, GOOD KID: Pearl River crash victim Altin Nezaj 'a good soul' with 'the biggest smile', SURVIVOR: Pearl River crash survivor is 2nd in her family to dodge death. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. They also were given several vehicle and traffic law infractions. Detective Sgt. "What appears to be an exciting race turns into a tragedy that has forever impacted numerous families and Pearl River as a community. powered by Microsoft News. Orangetown police arrested Radoncic on Monday and Castro on Tuesday. There’s no word on what caused the collision. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. Both Radoncic and Castro pleaded not guilty to the charges. 15 year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, a cousin of the car’s driver, was buried Tuesday. She was in good condition … The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. Nezaj, who came from a large, close-knit Albanian-American family, was an excellent student and a standout athlete at Pearl River High School. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Parisi also knew fellow Pearl River senior Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg, who was driving the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and survived the crash. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed when a collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Rockland County. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries. He is the older brother of Aisha Radoncic, the driver in this week's crash. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. His wrestling coach remembered him as a great teammate and competitor whom they called “Big Al.” In track-and-field, he threw the discus and shot put. Nezaj died at the scene, while emergency room personnel pronounced Cekic dead at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. “That was her destiny.”. My son … they’re only 15 years old. They desperately tried to help as the teens’ Porsche burst into flames. "Our Accident Investigation Team and their partners in the NYS Police and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office have been deeply committed to this investigation from its start," he said. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, New York, the driver of the Porsche the trio were riding in, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries.A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon.Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. Newstral is a hyper local aggregator with all news about Pearl River from newspapers and blogs: local, regional and international. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Orangetown and state police accident investigation officers spent weeks reconstructing the crash and reviewing the evidence with the state police to determine the cause. Radoncic was arraigned Tuesday in the Youth Part of the Rockland Superior Court by Judge Larry J Schwartz. The driver of the other car was uninjured. A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Two senior students were involved in a horrible accident yesterday,” Superintendent Marco Pochintesta told reporters Monday. All rights reserved. “She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week. 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