One Driver Dead, the Other injured in River Road Crash

A police vehicle partially blocks the view of the white Mercedes. Ms. Cando’s red Mitsubishi is hidden by the Mercedes. Both cars are locked together in the positions where they came to rest after the crash.

By Douglas E. Hall

An Englewood Cliffs man was killed at around 5 a.m. Friday morning, in a pre-dawn head-on crash on River Road at Veterans Field that has closed River Road and tied up traffic on surrounding thoroughfares.  Naim Nezaj, 42, was driving a white Mercedes north on River Road when it struck a curb and he lost control of the vehicle.  The Mercedes then crossed over into the southbound lane, hitting a Mitsubishi Lanser driven by Veronica Cando, 36, of Jersey City, according to police.

Nezaj was pronounced dead at the scene, and Ms. Cando, driver of the other car, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries sustained in the crash.  She was initially treated at the scene by police officers and emergency medical technicians.  According to a witness at the scene she was thrown from her car by the impact of the collision.   She was listed in serious condition later on Friday.

The accident closed River Road from the Fort Lee Borough boundary to Route 5 in Edgewater and created a massive traffic jam on River Road, Route 5, Undercliff Avenue and Valley Place for several hours and caused some school and commuter busses to alter their routes.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Unit investigated. The county Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence.

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