BRICK – Authorities have identified a 15-year old Pennsylvania girl as the fatality in a three-car crash that occurred on the Garden State Parkway on Saturday.
On June 22, at around 5 p.m., Rachel Upright, 15, of New Milford, Pennsylvania was in the rear passenger seat in a Hyundai Santa Fe when the vehicle was struck. According to NJ State Police, the Hyundai was parked on the northbound shoulder near mile marker 93.3 when a Ford Explorer veered into the shoulder, colliding with it.
After colliding with the rear of the Hyundai, the Ford Explorer continued forward, striking the rear of a parked Honda CR-V, police said.
The front passenger of the Hyundai and the driver of the Ford sustained serious injuries in the crash were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The driver’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police reported.
The front passenger of the Hyundai and the driver of the Ford have not yet been identified.
Upright was pronounced dead at the scene.
The drivers of the Hyundai and the Honda were not in their vehicles and were not injured during the crash.
Two northbound lanes were shut down for several hours due to the incident, causing traffic to back up for miles.