FAIR LAWN, NJ - Two young girls were injured by flying debris on Fair Lawn Avenue when a stolen car, pursued by Paramus Police, collided with a Toyota Rav-4 sending the driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The collision caused a chain reaction involving three additional vehicles.
On July 22, at approximately 3 p.m., Fair Lawn Police were notified of the chase into Fair Lawn along Plaza Road, heading north towards Fair Lawn Avenue. According to Fair Lawn Police, the vehicle then crashed into a Toyota Rav-4 traveling westbound on Fair Lawn Avenue. The crash sent the Rav-4 into three vehicles which were stopped on Plaza Road North waiting at the traffic light.
Two female juveniles waiting to cross Fair Lawn Avenue suffered minor injuries to their legs when pieces of the vehicle struck them, police said. They were treated and released to their parents at the scene.
The driver of the Rav-4, who was transported to St. Joseph's in Paterson, sustained leg, arm and chest injuries which were not considered life threatening, police said.
All other occupants of the vehicles were treated at the scene and released.
The male driver and the female passenger of the stolen vehicle were arrested on scene by Paramus Police and transported to their department.
Fair Lawn Police identified the operator of the stolen vehicle as Kenneth Barrer, 31, of Bronx, NY, and charged him with the following: assault by auto, speeding, failure to observe a traffic signal, failure to stop or yield and careless driving.
Fair Lawn Chief Glen Cauwels stated all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
According to state law, up to two vehicles can become involved in a pursuit, unless more police cars are authorized to do so by a supervisor.