A car crash in Ridgefield, New Jersey, claimed the life of one young man Thursday night and left two others with serious injuries.
According to a news release issued by Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli and obtained by NorthJersey.com, Tamer Ammar, 20, lost control of his 2014 Honda Civic and swerved right onto the sidewalk on Broad Street, striking two bus stop signs before swerving left across the roadway and hitting a building that houses a CPA firm.
A passenger in the vehicle, 20-year-old Miles Reme, was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center around 2:30 a.m., just an hour after the crash occurred, NorthJersey.com reported.
James Racanelli, who was also riding in the car, was in serious condition at Hackensack University Medical Center, according to NorthJersey.com.
Ammar was in “very serious condition” at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson on Thursday. Ammar’s mother, Ikram Ammar, said her son is in a coma with brain swelling. On Friday, she said he was unresponsive, NorthJersey.com reported.
The three men were former athletes at For Lee High School; Ammar played football, Racanelli is a former wrestler and Reme was a scholastic baseball player. Reme attends Syracuse University, according to NorthJersey.com.
Authorities have not said exactly what caused the crash but evidence at the crash scene indicates speed may have been a factor. Molinelli said the car traveled about 1,400 feet after it hit the bus stop signs just before it crashed into the building, NorthJersey.com reported.
Ammar has had previous run-ins with the law. The former linebacker received a summons on May 22, 2012, for driving under the influence in Fairview and lost his license for seven months, state Motor Vehicle Commission records show. Three months prior, Ammar was charged with reckless driving in Virginia, according to NorthJersey.com.
Last summer, Ammar was arrested in Fairfield, Connecticut, for allegedly distributing Xanax. Then, on November 5, he was arrested again for allegedly distributing marijuana, NorthJersey.com reported.