Surveillance video released in East Orange crash that killed 3, injured 2
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EAST ORANGE - Investigators in Essex County are examining security video for clues in a fatal accident.
The crash on South Grove Street in East Orange Wednesday claimed the lives of three young men, and sent two women to the hospital with critical injuries.
Police are looking at video from a nearby business and an NJ Transit bus which may provide some answers.
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A portion of the video released Friday shows the moment of impact.
According to investigators, the Nissan Maxima carrying driver Tyrief Parker and his passengers Dean Scovil, 24 and Kabeer Bishop, 20, was northbound when it collided head-on with a southbound Toyota 4-Runner.
Authorities say the 54-year-old woman driving the SUV has been released, but her 74-year-old passenger is still hospitalized.
Another camera angle shows what appears to be two sets of headlights side-by-side with one car clearly over the double yellow line and facing on-coming traffic a split second before the crash.
A roadside tribute includes the names of the dead scrawled on posters framed by an array of balloons and a foundation of candles.
"They was good kids," says family friend Shaheed Sneed. "This was just a tragic accident that happened."
Witnesses say speed appeared to be a factor, but investigators will have to determine if racing or reckless driving also played a role. But friends say that would have been out of character for the driver.
People who live and work near the stretch of South Grove Street say the area is notorious for drag racing and speeding and that police often set up speed traps here.