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Scotch Plains and Berkeley Heights Teens Mourned After Fatal Plainfield Car Crash

Tyler Devaney of Scotch Plains Credits: Facebook
Crash occurred at the intersection of Emerson Ave. and E. Second St. Credits: Google Maps
Eric Hagen, a former sophomore at Gov. Livingston High School. Photo taken on Christmas Day 2015. Credits: Go Fund Me
A memorial to Tyler Devaney forms at the front door of the Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
Links to WABC-TV's Plainfield car crash story have been posted to Tyler Devaney's Facebook wall. Credits: WABC-TV/7

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Friends of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student Tyler Devaney and Berkeley Heights teen Eric Hagen have taken to Facebook and Twitter to express their grief over the young men's deaths early Saturday morning.

The posts include links to a WABC-TV story reporting on a deadly car crash in Plainfield that occurred at 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 26. However, when contacted by TAP late last night, Plainfield police could not confirm the identities of the two victims.

WABC-TV and other outlets reported that two males died early Saturday after a silver Honda hit a tree and flipped over near the intersection of Emerson Ave. and East 2nd Street in Plainfield. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lauren Segalini, a Gov. Livingston sophomore, started a “Go Fund Me” donation site for Hagen's family, which was announced on many Facebook sites to help with funeral costs. "Eric Hagen, former GL student and friend to all, died December 26 in a devastating car crash. He left behind a loving family that will miss him dearly," Segalini stated on the Go Fund Me Site. 

A memorial is forming outside the front doors of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School as those who knew Devaney leave flowers and written messages beside a burning candle.

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