Editor's Note: This story was updated from this morning after TAPinto received official police report.
FAIR LAWN, NJ - Two Fair Lawn boys were injured last night in a crash that neighbors heard inside their homes on Howard Avenue, apparently rushing to the scene to get the two individuals in the car out to safety.
The 17-year-old male driver suffered significant leg, arm and internal injuries, according to police. The 17-year-old male passenger suffered neck and crest (hip region) injuries. Both were transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson by the Fair Lawn Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Fair Lawn Fire Departement and Fair Lawn Rescue Squad also assisted at the crash scene.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the two Fair Lawn boys crashed into a tree after "purposely" driving over the pedestrian tunnel on Howard Avenue heading east, police said.
The 2004 Acura smashed into the tree at Howard Avenue and Alden Road after driving over what is known as the "Radburn Bump", causing the vehicle to go airborne. Once the vehicle landed, it swerved to the right, struck a ‘no parking’ sign and then struck a tree, police said.
The crash is still under investigation by the Fair Lawn Police Department.
One eyewitness said, "Two young men in white Acura sped over hump and went into a tree. Neighbors pulled them out of smoking car. Lots of police on scene."
Much of Fair Lawn knew about the accident almost as quickly as it happened and then word spread on Facebook. TAPinto received more than one tip about it. Some residents complained about cars speeding on Howard Avenue on a regular basis.
"We have had past incidents at the Howard Avenue pedestrian tunnel," Sergeant Brian Metzler said. "Driving over the ‘bump’ at a high speed can propel a vehicle airborne and many local residents are aware of the bump. The bump is so much more pronounced than a regular speed bump, [so] extra care needs to be made when driving over it.
"We have not had any recent reports or complaints of speeding on Howard Avenue but I’m sure there is a speeding problem there as there is in many parts of the borough."