Authorities: Irvington HS student identified as passenger in stolen car who was killed in Newark crash

Law enforcement sources tell News 12 New Jersey that the teen has been identified as Pierre Tanis, of Irvington.

Chris Keating

Nov 16, 2023, 6:00 PM

Updated 220 days ago

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A 16-year-old from Irvington was killed last Friday while riding as a passenger in a stolen car that crashed in Newark.
Law enforcement sources tell News 12 New Jersey that the juvenile has been identified as Pierre Tanis, of Irvington. Tanis was one of four juveniles inside a Kia Forte that crashed on Nov. 10 around 4:30 a.m.
Surveillance video taken from a nearby business shows the driver of the Kia speeding through a red light before crashing into a garbage truck at the intersection of Central Avenue and First Street.
The driver, who is also a minor, fled on foot and is now wanted by police. Two others in the car were injured and taken into custody. Tanis was in the rear passenger seat and died from his injuries.
News 12 has confirmed that Pierre Tanis was a student at Irvington High School.
“I wish to express my profound sorrow over the untimely passing of a young life within our educational community. Dr. Vauss cares deeply about each student in the Irvington Public Schools and is committed to providing support during this difficult time,” School Superintendent April Vauss wrote in a statement. “The Board of Education joins me in extending heartfelt condolences to the grieving family, recognizing the pain and sorrow that accompanies the loss of a loved one.”
Police have not yet identified the driver. That juvenile is wanted for his part in the theft of the car and the crash. The driver of the truck was not injured.


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