NEWTON, NJ—There were only minor injuries in a three car accident at the intersection of Sparta Avenue, Sussex Street and Diller Avenue caused by a Newton woman. On July 31 around 11:18 a.m. Newton Police Department received a number of calls about the accident that ended up closing Sparta Avenue for an hour and requiring the assistance of the Newton Fire Department and Newton First Aid Squad, police said.
Mackenzie Kratzch, 23 was driving north on Sussex Street when she did not stop for a red light. Kratzch ran into a Dodge Ram driven by 37-year-old Vernon resident Joseph DeLuca as he was driving east on Sparta Avenue, police said.
The force of the collision caused DeLuca's vehicle to spin into the westbound lane of Sparta Avenue, overturn and hit a 2019 Kia Niro that was going west on Sparta Avenue. This Kia was driven by Thomas Marchese, 48, of Stillwater, police said.
DeLuca’s passenger, Ian Wolverton, 28 also of Vernon was trapped inside the Dodge Ram, according to police and had to be removed by the Newton Fire Department, police said.
Everyone involved in the accident was treated by the Newton First Aid Squad at the scene but refused further medical attention. Each vehicle was removed from the scene by Newton Gulf, police said.
Kratzsch was charged with failure to observe traffic signal, police said.
Newton Police Officers involved included Ptl. John Flanagan, Sgt.Thomas Muller, Ptl. Anthony Keiling, Ofc. Judy Torres and S/O Raul Couce.