NEWTON, NJ—Newton has suffered the loss of another young person this week. A little over two weeks after the Newton Community lost Kelsey Bederka, 16, a student at Newton High School and one week after Peyten Critchlaw, 6, a first grader at Merriam Avenue School passed away due to a medical emergency. Now the Newton community is mourning Newton High School graduate Joey Savage IV, 25.
Savage was hospitalized on Thursday after an accident on Shotwell Road, in Green Township. His car went off the right side of the road and crashed into a tree, according to a police spokesman.
No one else was involved in the accident and an investigation is still ongoing, according to police.
He was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center, where due to serious brain trauma, he was in coma until Tuesday, October 17 when he died from his injuries.
“Joey is an organ donor and his legacy will live on in so many for years to come,” his mother said in a post on Facebook. “The flag in the picture flying under the American flag is Joey’s Sharing Network organ donor flag that will fly for five days in front of the hospital in his honor. I will someday meet the person who receives my sons beautiful and loving heart and know he is still with me.”
Many family members, friends, teachers and fellow classmates took to Facebook to share pictures they had of Savage and themselves or just of him joking around and always smiling, as well as memories of times they spent together.