PITTSGROVE — There’s fresh grief in the township after a single-car crash that left one teen dead and another injured.
It's the second teenage fatality here in as many months.
State Police said that 15-year-old Evan D’Anjou, of Pittsgrove, was killed when the Kia Optima he was a passenger in hit a tree near Deer Pen Park on Wednesday morning.
A 16-year-old male was driving the car west on McKishen Road after 6 a.m. when it went through the intersection of Route 553/Buck Road and off the road and struck the tree, police said, as reported by NJ.com.
D'Anjou was a motocross racer and was being mourned by the tight-knit community on social media.
"He was a young man with a big smile, a huge heart and an even larger personality. He was one of the rare individuals in life that leave an indelible mark on yours, from the very first moment you meet.
Although we only knew you for a short time, you and your father touched our lives, by always sharing with us your unmistakably genuine kindness and friendship," according to Chris Anderson, owner of Millville racing facility NJMP Field of Dreams, in a heartfelt tribute on Instagram and Facebook.
In a letter to the community, Pittsgrove School Superintendent Matthew Carney said the teen lost in the crash was a student at Schalick High School.
Anyone with potential information or who witnessed the crash can call State Police Troop “A” Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101.
Recent Pittsgrove school losses
Just a month ago, the Schalick High School community lost a 17-year-old student, who was riding a bike when he was struck and killed by a car not far from this week’s crash.
Christopher Jambor, of Elmer, was riding north along the southbound shoulder of Route 621/Lawrence Corner Road near the intersection with McKishen Road when he was fatally struck the evening of April 9, State Police said as reported by Daily Voice.
Last year, Pittsgrove school bus driver and cafeteria worker, Denise Powell, was killed in a bus crash while on her afternoon route from Olivet Elementary School.
The 70-year-old driver of an SUV who had veered into the path of the bus was also killed in the 2021 crash.
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A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:
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