They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … Her cousin – 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic – drove Cekic and their friend – 17-year-old Altin Nezaj – in her aunt’s Porche SUV to pick up groceries. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Only 15, all her life in front of her.”“She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. Radoncic, who was treated at the Westchester Medical Center and released, and Cekic were cousins. Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added. “She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Names and conditions were not available for the three people in the minivan with her: a woman older than Radoncic, a baby and a preschooler whom police guessed to be about 3 years old. CBS2's Tony Aiello. The driver of the other car was uninjured. She’s a twin. Radoncic was arraigned Tuesday in the Youth Part of the Rockland Superior Court by Judge Larry J Schwartz. Radoncic's car plunged off the Route 304 overpass onto the train tracks for the Pascack Valley line, bursting into flames. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. Castro was arraigned by Justice Patrick Loftus and released without bail pending a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 10. PEARL RIVER — More than eight months after the fiery crash that took the lives of her cousin and a high school friend, the Orangeburg woman who drove the sports car that raced down Route 304 and a second driver have been charged with criminally negligent homicide, police said Wednesday. “They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. "It was a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out the families who lost loved ones," Hughes said. powered by Microsoft News. "Our Accident Investigation Team and their partners in the NYS Police and the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office have been deeply committed to this investigation from its start," he said. Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Driver Remains In Critical Condition.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. “Honor students, top of their class. The road has had numerous accidents in the area. Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic… Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed when a collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Rockland County. Orangetown and state police accident investigation officers spent weeks reconstructing the crash and reviewing the evidence with the state police to determine the cause. Don't miss anything about Altin Nezaj, Aisha Radoncic, Saniha Cekic, Jason T. Castro, Chris Christie, Jason Castro, Marco Pochintesta and others. Pochintesta said people should follow the school’s website and Facebook page for updates on upcoming memorial services. Residents said they heard the crash around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the Crooked Hill Road Overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. There’s no word on what caused the collision. An Orangeburg teen remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center following Sunday’s car accident in Pearl River that left two teens dead. Nezaj died at the scene, while emergency room personnel pronounced Cekic dead at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. “I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. “I can’t bear. They desperately tried to help as the teens’ Porsche burst into flames. Funeral services for 17 year-old Altin Nezaj were held yesterday in Yonkers. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as Naser Redzepagic) of Orangeburg were “negligent, wanton, reckless and careless” in causing the crash on Oct. 13, 2019. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. “That was her destiny.”. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS. "Aside from the tragic deaths and pain suffered by the families, we don't have any indication our client is criminally responsible," Damiani said. 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic of Orangeburg was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as … The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from … Services were planned for a mosque in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night, Aiello reported.Pochintesta said people should follow the school’s website and Facebook page for updates on upcoming memorial services.Radoncic remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center.Watch the video above to learn more about this story. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. Damiani said he originally thought Castro would be involved in a civil case, but then the police began interviewing him. ©2021, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of KETV-TV. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. We expect near white out conditions overnight so please stay home. Police are still investigating the crash but have not found evidence of drugs or alcohol. The crash occurred on northbound Route 304 in the vicinity of the Crooked Hill Road overpass at approximately 3:26 p.m. that Saturday over the Columbus Day weekend. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. “We’re always going to remember Altin Nezaj as the terrific student and athlete that he was,” he added. “That was her destiny.”Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors.“We find ourselves in the midst of an awful, awful tragedy. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, New York, the driver of the Porsche the trio were riding in, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. Detective Sgt. msn back to msn home news. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. "What appears to be an exciting race turns into a tragedy that has forever impacted numerous families and Pearl River as a community. My son … they’re only 15 years old. Orangeburg Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. “Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries. WITNESS TELLS HOW HE RESPONDED: Pearl River crash scene neighbor tells how he tried to rescue teens, GOOD KID: Pearl River crash victim Altin Nezaj 'a good soul' with 'the biggest smile', SURVIVOR: Pearl River crash survivor is 2nd in her family to dodge death. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. CBS2's Tony Aiello. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. Sign up today for a digital subscription. James Sullivan said at the time there was no indication of drug or alcohol use by the drivers or passengers. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. "The allegations are that the two arrested individuals were engaged in a road race. All we heard was this poor girl screaming. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. The Porsche driver, 17-year-old Orangeburg resident Aisha Radoncic, was injured and taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she was in … The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived.Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer.“I can’t bear. Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week. He said his daughter and Radoncic were cousins and were spending the long weekend together at her aunt’s house in Rockland County, New York. Conditions are definitely worsening, winds are picking up and snow is coming down at one to three inches an hour. I kept seeing the flames. The entire team attended his wake at a Yonkers funeral home. His wrestling coach remembered him as a great teammate and competitor whom they called “Big Al.” In track-and-field, he threw the discus and shot put. Orangetown police accused Aisha Radoncic, then 17, and Jason Castro of driving recklessly on Oct. 13 as they raced down the road, triggering a crash that killed two people in Radoncic's 2017 Porsche Macan. Reach him at slieberm@lohud.com and on Twitter: @lohudlegal. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. Both victims were in the same vehicle, a Porsche driven by Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. Read more articles and bio. "As we approach graduation, we especially recall the memory of Altin Nezaj, member of the Class of 2020, who we have held in our hearts throughout the year, and we offer our thoughts to the Nezaj, Cekic and Radoncic relatives and loved ones," Pochintesta said in a statement. On the Pirates football team, Nezaj wore number 71, a 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound defensive lineman. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. Murrow High School, with dreams of becoming a doctor or lawyer. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. Our sympathies go out to all the families involved in this horrible event.”. Services were planned for a mosque in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night, Aiello reported. “This is a remarkable community for its resilience and its ability to come together in times of tragedy, and this is no different,” he said. She had been airlifted to the hospital. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. Family, School In Grief After 2 Teens Killed In SUV Crash, Another In Critical Condition: Saniha Cekic,.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 14 October 2019 She was released  without bail for a scheduled court appearance on June 30. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. He said she's still recovering from her injuries. 15 year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, a cousin of the car’s driver, was buried Tuesday. Finally, I am extremely grateful to everyone from our Office of Emergency Management, Chief McCullagh and all the men and women of the Clarkstown Police Department. Our local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. She was in good condition … A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries.A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon.Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Police arrested Castro and Radoncic on two felony counts of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, speed contests, and races. © 2021 www.lohud.com. She’s a twin. Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. "We need to remind our young drivers that cars aren’t toys," Walsh said. She’s the only daughter I have. msn back to msn home news. All rights reserved. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Orangetown Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. All news from Pearl River. They also were given several vehicle and traffic law infractions. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon. It charges that defendants Jason Castro, 44, of Nanuet, and Aisha Radoncic, (and her parents, Tifa Radoncic, and Naser Radoncic, who is also known as … Both Radoncic and Castro pleaded not guilty to the charges. Two senior students were involved in a horrible accident yesterday,” Superintendent Marco Pochintesta told reporters Monday.Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week.“This is a remarkable community for its resilience and its ability to come together in times of tragedy, and this is no different,” he said.“We’re always going to remember Altin Nezaj as the terrific student and athlete that he was,” he added.Residents said they heard the crash around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the Crooked Hill Road Overpass on Route 304 in Pearl River.“I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS.They desperately tried to help as the teens’ Porsche burst into flames.“We started trying to get fire extinguishers and we started trying to put out the fire, because all we heard was this poor girl screaming, and she was screaming terribly,” Geppner said.The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. 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