17-year-old stuck in SUV, wedged between trees after crash

HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A 17-year-old man was stuck in his SUV after he crashed and wedged his vehicle between two trees Thursday morning.

At 7:29 a.m., officers responded to Sparta Stanhope Road for a vehicle lodged between two trees, Hopatcong Police Captain Thomas Kmetz said.

When they arrived they found a male juvenile in his vehicle about four feet above the ground and the vehicle was wedged between two trees, Kmetz said.

The Hopatcong Fire Department arrived and secured the vehicle with chains. Firefighters were able to help the driver get out of the vehicle safely. C&L towing arrived and hoisted the vehicle out of the trees, Kmetz said.

The juvenile allegedly stated he remembers driving and listening to music. He next remembers seeing his hood bent up, Kemtz said.

Officer Maresca investigated the scene and found that the vehicle was traveling south on Sparta Stanhope Road. The vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane and then left the roadway going between two small trees, Kmetz said.

The vehicle went airborne, hit a tree head on and the rear of the vehicle rotated. As the vehicle came down, it wedged between the trees, Kmetz said.

Officer Maresca did not find any evidence that the brakes were applied at all. The juvenile was uninjured, Kmetz said.

He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and the driver’s side air bag deployed, Kmetz said.

“It is unknown what happened to the driver to cause this accident,”Kmetz said.

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(Photos Courtesy: Hopatcong Police Department)