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Prosecutors: Apparent road rage incident left 5 teens with serious injuries; volunteer firefighter charged

The five teens suffered broken bones, serious spinal fractures, punctured lungs – some requiring several surgeries.

News 12 Staff

Oct 23, 2022, 1:48 PM

Updated 637 days ago

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An alleged road rage encounter two weeks ago in Alpine left five teens with serious injuries.
The incident happened on Route 9W on Oct. 10 just after midnight. The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office says a volunteer firefighter Luke Stein rammed his Jeep into the teen's car twice – at one point putting his emergency lights on, speeding after them, and forcing them off the road.
The five teens suffered broken bones, serious spinal fractures, punctured lungs – some requiring several surgeries.
Friends and relatives have set up GoFundMe pages to help pay for medical expenses.
Kevin Trejos is among them. He is being hailed as a hero for calling 911 despite his injuries.
All are recovering but have a long road ahead. The Town of Tenafly is rallying around them and the local Rotary Club hosted a rally to show support for the teens.
Authorities say Stein fled to Colorado where he was a student at the University of Colorado. He was extradited this week and arraigned on five counts of aggravated assault and impersonating a law enforcement officer.


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