‘They never slowed down’ — Recchione, Vespucci killed in crash

Valerie Vespucci, 22, and Peter-John “PJ” Recchione, 23, were killed were their SUV struck a tree in Nutley.

The scene, according to one witness, was downright eerie: an out-of-control SUV silently speeding through an intersection in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2004, stopping only when it slammed head first into a tree on the lawn of a brightly lit apartment complex in Nutley. “They never slowed down,” said Chief John Holland of the Nutley Police Department. “They went straight into the tree.”

‘Whitney is dead’

Whitney Houston was found dead Feb. 11, 2012 in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel a night before the Grammy Awards. An autopsy was performed but a cause of death has not been released to the public. Houston grew…

Sayreville man killed in motorcycle crash on Route 9

A map view of Route 9 in Sayreville, where a man was killed and a woman critically injured after their motorcycle struck a curb on Route 9, police said. Credit: Google maps


A Sayreville man was killed and a South River woman critically injured early today when the motorcycle they were riding struck a curb on Route 9, sending the couple skidding off the vehicle, police said.

Dog whisperer is victim of hit-run

An accomplished equestrian, Tiffany Jantelle died helping an injured animal on the road in Franklin. Photo via Facebook

Tiffany Jantelle got out of her car to rescue a dog. Then she was killed. ”Two sentences on a Facebook page, along with the title “Who Killed Tiffany Jantelle?” are the sum and substance of the 23-year-old, who lived her entire life in Piscataway. Tiffany loved horses and was an accomplished rider. She was popular and bubbly – a caring friend and sister, daughter and girlfriend. So when her boyfriend accidentally struck a dog about 1 a.m. on Weston Canal Road and Randolph Road in Franklin, Tiffany stepped out of the car to comfort the injured animal. Her boyfriend, Daniel P. Owsik of Raritan, got out of the car to try and direct traffic as Tiffany held the German Shepherd-mix in the middle of the road. That’s when a black pickup truck sped onto the scene, striking Tiffany and the dog, according to witnesses and police. “She tried to get out of the way,” Oswik later told a television news reporter. “Of course she can’t leave the dog. She grabs the dog and no use, the guy didn’t break, didn’t swerve. He just hit.”

The Hindenburg disaster

The Hindenburg crashes in Lakehurst on May 6, 1937. Thirty-six people died. Photo: National Archives.

As office workers flooded the streets on May 6, 1937, the L7 129 Hindenburg floated across lower Manhattan for a trip to New Jersey where the plan was to dock the hydrogen-filled dirigible at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

Ninety-seven people were aboard.

But at 7:25 p.m. the Hindenburg caught fire as it attempted to land. Witnesses saw sparks and flames shooting from the dirigible.

Clothesline pole falls, kills 6-year-old Laz Ayon in his Lodi backyard

The pole that fell onto Laz Ayon, killing him. Photo via

It was a freak accident that left 6-year-old Laz Ayon dead, his mother distraught beyond words and neighbors in a close-knit Lodi neighborhood struggling with grief. Laz was killed May 17 when a rusty steel pole used for a clothing line fell on him.The little boy and his 10-year-old brother, Ivan, had been cleaning up their backyard on Walnut Street when the pole fell, according to media reports. Ivan broke his leg but survived. The website reported that the boy’s mother, Karen, cradled the dying child in her arms. “The mother kept screaming, ‘Please help my son. Get him the ambulance,'” the newspaper quoted Donna Destefano. “It was devastating to see a mother cradling her child like that.”


Man killed after fall from cliff

Police found a man’s body at the bottom of the cliffs at Rockefeller Lookout in Englewood Cliffs on Sunday, June 24. They say passersby spotted a cane and walker at the cliffs and became concerned that someone had jumped or…

Mysterious death of a Teaneck cop

Teaneck police Officer John Abraham was killed on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 when his patrol car struck a utility pole. Hours earlier, Abraham had saved the life of an elderly man choking on a piece of steak.

New Jersey toddler drowns in a septic tank

By Tucker Cummings
For Morbid
New Jersey

Tragedy struck a family in Lakewood after a toddler fell into a septic tank and drowned.

Marina Matias contacted authorities around 5 pm on March 12 to report that her 2-year old child, identified to the press only as J.C., had gone missing. Just hours after placing the call, the child was found dead in the tank.

Popular Bloomfield soccer player, 16, killed in two-car crash


BLOOMFIELD – A popular Bloomfield High School soccer player was killed late on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 when the Honda Civic in which she was riding collided with a Chevy Camaro at the corner of Broughton Avenue and Walter Street in Bloomfield, police said.

Paramedics took Christina Lembo, 16, to University Hospital in Newark, where she died a short time later.

Terror on 287

A single-engine plane crashed on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 on Interstate 287 in Harding Township. Five people and a dog aboard the plane were killed, according to published reports.

Wayne crash kills Park Ridge driver on Valley Road

The accident happened on Valley Road in Wayne. Credit: Google maps.


WAYNE — Township police and county investigators are trying to determine what caused a car driven by a young Park Ridge man to veer into oncoming traffic setting off a crash that resulted in his death.

Construction worker killed by bulldozer in Piscataway


PISCATAWAY – A construction worker was killed by a bulldozer at a work site here, according to police. Lt. Keith Harney of the Piscataway Police Department said that the accident happened at a construction site on 1707 S. Washington Ave.…