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Two Teenagers Killed as Truck Veers Off Road into Delaware River in NJ

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Posted on Jul 20, 2013

Two teens driving home from a fishing trip suffered a fatal Pohatcong car accident, while the driver remains in serious condition.

According to police reports, 18-year-old Luke Bebe of Alpha, N.J., was driving his two friends back from a nighttime fishing trip on River Road in Warren County on July 3. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., Bebe’s pickup truck swerved off of the road and down an embankment into the Delaware River near the Pennsylvania border.

Bebe, 19-year-old Jonathan Gercie and 14-year-old Tanner Sember sank into the water in the 2004 Dodge Dakota. Bebe was able to climb out of the vehicle and made it to the surface, where he floated a short distance downstream and climbed up the embankment to the road, calling for help.

When rescue crews arrived, the vehicle was completely submerged. The Dakota was pulled from the water and both of its occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.

Bebe was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for treatment of fractured vertebrae and injuries to his lower extremities. He later told police that he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle on River Road but lost control of the truck and slid into the river.

Bebe described the vehicle as a green car, possibly with New Jersey license plates.

The investigation of the accident is ongoing. Police have requested that anyone with information about the crash call 908-454-9836 to file a report.

Our attorneys and staff wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims as we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

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