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2 Victims Critical, 17-Year-Old Driver Charged In Fort Lee Route 4 Crash

At the scene.
At the scene. Photo Credit: Werner R. Ennesser for Daily Voice
A single lane of westbound Route 4 was open for much of the morning.
A single lane of westbound Route 4 was open for much of the morning. Photo Credit: Werner R. Ennesser for Daily Voice
The Bergen County prosecutor's fatal accident team investigated.
The Bergen County prosecutor's fatal accident team investigated. Photo Credit: Werner R. Ennesser for Daily Voice

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Two victims remained in critical condition Tuesday night, nearly 20 hours after a car driven by an unlicensed 17-year-old from New York City crashed into a barrier at the entrance to the Best Western hotel on westbound Route 4 in Fort Lee.

Five occupants in all, including the driver, were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after the 3:30 a.m. single-car crash, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.

The 2000 Honda Accord sustained heavy front-end damage, he said.

The group was headed to meet friends who'd arrived at the hotel moments earlier, the prosecutor said.

Grewal's Fatal Accident Investigation Unit conducted a joint probe with Fort Lee police, leading to charges against the driver of causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle while unlicensed.

"Additional charges may be forthcoming pending further investigation," the prosecutor said.

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