Atlantic City teen dies after crashing stolen car, injuring two other teens
PLEASANTVILLE— A 16-year-old driving a stolen 1996 Honda Accord was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning. His two teenage passengers were severely injured.
The driver's name, Noel Arias, was released on Tuesday along with the two passenger's names, Isias Pena, 17, and Jeomi Smith, 16. All three victims are from Atlantic City.
Arias was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred in front of the Orchards condominium complex on Leeds Avenue around 5:15 a.m. The Pleasantville Fire Department later extricated the driver's body from the "heavily damaged" vehicle.
The two passengers were transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
Police said the incident was a single-vehicle crash in which the car failed to make a slight right turn and continued onto the sidewalk before making the turn. The car spun onto the other side of the road and struck a school zone sign post, a fence and a tree before stopping. Later on Saturday, the car was reported stolen out of Atlantic City.
Matthew Hartman, Pleasantville Police Department's Public Information Officer, said there was no evidence to indicate distracted driving or alcohol played a role in the crash.
"There is a possibility that speed played a factor because the car was heavily damaged," Hartman said. "No open containers were found in the car."
The incident remains under investigation with the Pleasantville Police Department.