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UPDATE: Second Fatality Reported in Mountain Avenue Crash

CALDWELL, NJ – A second fatality was reported yesterday from Monday night’s car accident on Mountain Avenue when a 2015 Ford Mustang crashed into a telephone pole and then a tree at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Caldwell Police Chief James Bongiorno and acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray announced that Devon Smith, 22, of Newark was pronounced dead yesterday at University Hospital from injuries sustained during Monday’s crash.

Smith was a third-year college student at Kean University. He was driving the car when it crashed, killing the front passenger and seriously injuring Smith and the back seat passenger.

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The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that Theo Walsh, 23, of East Orange was killed in the crash. Walsh was riding in the front passenger seat.

The backseat passenger, an 18-year-old college student is still being hospitalized and is in critical condition.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. Monday night, the Caldwell Fire Department, Police Department and West Essex First Aid Squad arrived at the scene of the car crash on Mountain Avenue in the area near Hatfield Street to find an overturned vehicle and entrapment.

The driver and back seat passenger sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized in critical condition, while Walsh was pronounced dead on arrival.

Mountain Avenue was closed following the crash and reopened at 8:35 a.m. on Tuesday morning according to the West Caldwell Police Department.

There were no other vehicles involved in the accident, despite initial reports.

Further details of the crash are yet to be released as an investigation by the Caldwell Police Department and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is on going.

This is the second fatal accident in Caldwell this week, after Nikolaos Kourtelesis, 63, of Caldwell was killed after he fell off his bicycle after hitting a curb near Bloomfield Avenue and Westover Avenue on Saturday.

Kourtelesis was taken to Mountainside Hospital for a head injury and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

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