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Arrest Made In I-95 Triple Fatal Accident

Nicole Rodriguez (L) and Samantha Belliveau
Nicole Rodriguez (L) and Samantha Belliveau (Twitter)

A 19-year-old man from Hamilton has been charged with DUI in the an early morning accident on Interstate 95 that left two best friends and a third man dead.

Car involved in accident on I-95 in Lawrence
Car involved in accident on I-95 in Lawrence (6 ABC via Facebook)

Luis Delcid-Cardona was driving his Volkswagon GTS when he lost control while on the main at the entrance ramp onto Interstate 95 south from Route 1 south, hopped the divider curb and slid into a parked tractor trailer which became wedged underneath according to New Jersey State Police spokesman Lt. Stephen Jones.

 

Cadrona, who was wearing a seat belt, fled the scene on foot and went home. Police arrested him at his home. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office will likely file more charges. State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams told the Star-Ledger that he tested positive for alcohol in his blood but would not reveal how much.

He has been charged with two counts of death by auto, one count of assault by auto and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident  and is being held on $1 million under guard at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.  The charges are expected to be upgraded as passenger Jonathan Rivas,19, of Princeton who was flown to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton died on Thursday afternoon from his injuries.

Jonathan Rivas
Jonathan Rivas (Twitter)

The Middlesex County Police, Fire and EMS page reports the car was so badly damaged police could not easily determine who was driving.

Two women in the backseat, 20-year-old Nicole Rodrigues of Yardville and 18-year-old Samantha Belliveau of Hamilton, were ejected from the car and declared dead at the scene according to NBC Philadelphia.  They were not wearing seat belts according to State Police.

 

 

On her Twitter feed, Belliveau called Rodriguez her “best friend forever.”

 

 

The driver of the truck was not injured and will not face charges.

The ramp from southbound Route 1 was closed for most of the night and reopened around 7 a.m. after police conducted an investigation and treated the frozen roadway.

 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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