The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Radoncic remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center. 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. I kept seeing the flames. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Castro's attorney, Gerard Damiani, said he had yet to see any evidence from the police and prosecution concerning his client. Pearl River school Superintendent Marco Pochintesta said the victims of the Oct. 13 crash continued to be remembered by the district community. The entire team attended his wake at a Yonkers funeral home. “We find ourselves in the midst of an awful, awful tragedy. The road has had numerous accidents in the area. Pochintesta said people should follow the school’s website and Facebook page for updates on upcoming memorial services. “She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. They also were given several vehicle and traffic law infractions. 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 … Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. The Porsche driver, 17-year-old Orangeburg resident Aisha Radoncic, was injured and taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she was in … CBS2's Tony Aiello. Castro of Nanuet drove a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta and was not injured. She’s a twin. "We need to remind our young drivers that cars aren’t toys," Walsh said. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. All rights reserved. Only 15, all her life in front of her.”“She was a beautiful child, beautiful, beautiful cousin, beautiful daughter. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. powered by Microsoft News. 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. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. Sign up today for a digital subscription. Damiani said the prosecution asked the judge for a delay in presenting evidence and witness statements to the defense within 10 days of arrest under the state justice reforms. Radoncic was arraigned Tuesday in the Youth Part of the Rockland Superior Court by Judge Larry J Schwartz. All we heard was this poor girl screaming. 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. 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 Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added. Her 17-year-old cousin, Aisha Radoncic, was behind the wheel of the Porche SUV they were riding in. “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. "Aside from the tragic deaths and pain suffered by the families, we don't have any indication our client is criminally responsible," Damiani said. "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. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. I kept seeing the flames. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. Steve Lieberman covers government, breaking news, courts, police and investigations. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. “They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. An Orangeburg teen remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center following Sunday’s car accident in Pearl River that left two teens dead. A collision sent their SUV plunging 50 feet off an overpass onto train tracks below on Sunday afternoon. 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 from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . Radoncic, who was treated at the Westchester Medical Center and released, and Cekic were cousins. Orangetown Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. She managed to escape the wreck and is in critical condition. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS . The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. “Honor students, top of their class. 15 year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, a cousin of the car’s driver, was buried Tuesday. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. “Today our community relives the horrible tragedy that claimed the lives of two teenagers, taken from us with there whole lives in front of them," Walsh said. “I was washing the car and all of a sudden, I heard this big bang,” neighbor Joe Geppner told WCBS. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Nezaj, who came from a large, close-knit Albanian-American family, was an excellent student and a standout athlete at Pearl River High School. 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. ©2021, Hearst Television Inc. on behalf of KETV-TV. He said she's still recovering from her injuries. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. "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. James Brown said the incidents is an open criminal case and certain information cannot be released at this time. No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. Radoncic's car plunged off the Route 304 overpass onto the train tracks for the Pascack Valley line, bursting into flames. I have no indication there was any agreement to have a race.". Hearst Television participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. I don’t know why is … my wife is broken down. "Ms. Radoncic also was a victim and not the culpable party.". My son … they’re only 15 years old. powered by Microsoft News. Orangetown police arrested Radoncic on Monday and Castro on Tuesday. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor. Services were planned for a mosque in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night, Aiello reported. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. 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. Radoncic and Nezaj knew each other from Pearl River High School, where they were seniors. Damiani said he originally thought Castro would be involved in a civil case, but then the police began interviewing him. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. He is the older brother of Aisha Radoncic, the driver in this week's crash. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. Funeral services for 17 year-old Altin Nezaj were held yesterday in Yonkers. She’s a twin. The driver of the other car was uninjured. “If there is an angel, she is an angel. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Watch the video above to learn more about this story. There’s no word on what caused the collision.Route 304 was shut down and part of the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line was suspended in both directions as emergency responders worked to extinguish the fire.“Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. They desperately tried to help as the teens’ Porsche burst into flames. Police are still investigating the crash but have not found evidence of drugs or alcohol. Saniha Cekic, a 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn, and Altin Nezaj, a 17-year-old boy from Pearl River, were both killed. “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. "The allegations are that the two arrested individuals were engaged in a road race. Don't miss anything about Altin Nezaj, Aisha Radoncic, Saniha Cekic, Jason T. Castro, Chris Christie, Jason Castro, Marco Pochintesta and others. Orangetown Police Chief Donald Butterworth said the investigation took time and dedication. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from … 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. No matter what they did, they just kept coming up.”In keeping with Muslim tradition, Cekic was to be laid to rest quickly. 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. “We started trying to put out the fire. Read more articles and bio. "What appears to be an exciting race turns into a tragedy that has forever impacted numerous families and Pearl River as a community. 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. 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. Two senior students were involved in a horrible accident yesterday,” Superintendent Marco Pochintesta told reporters Monday. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. "It was a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out the families who lost loved ones," Hughes said. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived. 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. Pochintesta said grief counselors would be on hand to help students throughout the week. ... 17 year-old Altin Nezaj was killed, along with a 15 year-old from Brooklyn. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Orangetown and state police accident investigation officers spent weeks reconstructing the crash and reviewing the evidence with the state police to determine the cause. 'Our family is devastated': 2 teens dead after fiery crash sends SUV tumbling from overpass. 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… Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … Police arrested Castro and Radoncic on two felony counts of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, speed contests, and races. Cekic’s heartbroken father said she was an honor student at Edward R. … Receive daily coronavirus & public health news straight to your inbox. 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. “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 car, 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic, was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center yesterday, according to published reports. 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. “I was watching the car and all of a sudden I heard this big bang,” witness Joe Geppner told WCBS. Only 15, all her life in front of her.”. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. 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. Nezaj died at the scene, while emergency room personnel pronounced Cekic dead at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She had been airlifted to the hospital. We expect near white out conditions overnight so please stay home. “Honor students, top of their class. Authorities say the driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, first hit a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta before careening off the overpass. All news from Pearl River. CBS2's Tony Aiello. She was released  without bail for a scheduled court appearance on June 30. James Sullivan said at the time there was no indication of drug or alcohol use by the drivers or passengers. On the Pirates football team, Nezaj wore number 71, a 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound defensive lineman. Our sympathies go out to all the families involved in this horrible event.”. Both victims were in the same vehicle, a Porsche driven by Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg. She was in good condition … The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt. Capt. A New York community is in mourning after a fiery crash killed two teens and left another with serious injuries. 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. Parisi also knew fellow Pearl River senior Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg, who was driving the 2017 Porsche Macan SUV and survived the crash. There’s no word on what caused the collision. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. She’s the only daughter I have. Orangeburg Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. She’s the only daughter I have. 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. 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 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. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. Our family is devastated now,” cousin Ismael Cekic added.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.“They were closing the pool for the season and they went to go buy bagels or something,” he said, holding back tears. Our local coverage is only possible with support from our readers. Both Radoncic and Castro pleaded not guilty to the charges. “We’re always going to remember Altin Nezaj as the terrific student and athlete that he was,” he added. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Cekic and Radonic were cousins and spending the weekend at Radonic’s parents’ house in Rockland County. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. © 2021 www.lohud.com. Newstral is a hyper local aggregator with all news about Pearl River from newspapers and blogs: local, regional and international. “To tell you the truth, it took a long time. Reach him at slieberm@lohud.com and on Twitter: @lohudlegal. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. CBSN New York''s Tony Aiello reports. The judge did not make a decision, he said. PEARL RIVER – Orangetown Police have released the identities of the two teens killed in a car crash in Pearl River on Sunday. She remains in Westchester Medical Center. The driver, Aisha Radoncic, 17, of Orangeburg, was seriously injured. Two passengers in the Porsche, Pearl River High School senior and football player Altin Nezaj, 17, and 15-year-old Saniha Cekic of Brooklyn, were killed. My son … they’re only 15 years old. 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. The driver of the Jetta was not injured and police are still investigating the cause of the crash. 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 … “Thank God the fire department came and they started dousing it with water and whatever else they could,” said Geppner. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, also a student at Pearl River High School, remains hospitalized and is listed in good condition. 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. Butterworth and District Attorney Thomas Walsh also recalled the young people who died in the crash. msn back to msn home news. "I have no information other than the allegations. 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. They do not believe drugs or alcohol were a … msn back to msn home news. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic from Orangeburg, was badly hurt but survived. Conditions are definitely worsening, winds are picking up and snow is coming down at one to three inches an hour. The tributes continue for the teen this weekend. “That was her destiny.”. Detective Sgt. Authorities say the driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, first hit a 2013 Volkswagen Jetta before careening off the overpass. My son is destroyed,” Began Cekic said. 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, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported. Route 304 was shut down and part of the NJ Transit Pascack Valley line was suspended in both directions as emergency responders worked to extinguish the fire. “I can’t bear. Attorney John Hughes, representing Radoncic, said he's awaiting the investigative reports before commenting. 17 year-old Aisha Radoncic of Orangeburg was reportedly in good condition at Westchester Medical Center. The driver, 17-year-old Aisha Radoncic, of Orangeburg was seriously injured by survived.