YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A sedan with three 20-year-old former Fort Lee High School athletes inside barreled through bus stop signs and into oncoming traffic over a stretch of nearly a quarter-mile in Ridgefield before slamming into a building overnight, killing a passenger and seriously injuring the driver and another passenger, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.
Tamer M. Ammar lost control of the northbound 2014 Honda Civic as it headed north on Broad Avenue toward the Ridgefield circle around 1:30 a.m., Molnielli said.
The car “mounted the sidewalk on his right hand side and drove through two bus stop sign posts,” then barreled into the southbound lane before veering into the wall of an accounting business near the foot of Edgewater Road, he said.
“The collision scene, from the bus stop sign posts to the building where the Honda came to rest, measured approximately 1400 feet in length,” Molinelli said.
Ammar and his passengers – Miles Reme and James Racanelli – were taken to area hospitals.
Reme, who was pinned in the car, was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center at 2:40 a.m., Molinelli said.
Ammar was in “very serious condition” at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson and Racanelli was in serious condition at HUMC as the investigation continues, the prosecutor said.
Ammar is a former high school football player, while Reme played baseball and Racanelli wrestled.
State Motor Vehicle Commission records show that Ammar was ticketed 14 months ago for DUI in Fairview, leading to a seven-month driver’s license suspension.
He also has charges on his record for reckless driving, in Virginia, for prescription drug distribution, in Connecticut, and for marijuana distribution last winter in Fort Lee.
PHOTO: Courtesy Nj.com / INSET: PHOTO by Mary K. Miraglia, CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter
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