At least two people are dead and one person was taken to the hospital after some teens tried to steal vehicles in the Littlebrook neighborhood in Princeton early Sunday afternoon. The crash took place on Route 27 near Roper Road just after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The driver of the getaway vehicle, a Jeep, died in the crash. She was only 15. Another teen in the vehicle with her was hospitalized and was in critical condition as of Sunday evening. A woman from Kendall Park who was struck by the Jeep died at the scene. Names of the crash victims have not been released yet pending notification of relatives.
At about 12:40 p.m., a resident of the 100 block of Clover Lane reported to the police and a local official that people were attempting to steal vehicles parked at the resident’s property. The teens left and went to a house on Dodds Lane and stole an unlocked SUV. A Dodds Lane resident told Planet Princeton the car thieves almost struck the resident as they were speeding away in a black Jeep and the stolen SUV.
The group returned to the first Clover Lane residence again just before 1:30 p.m. and then sped away, crashing into other vehicles on Route 27. Some onlookers reported that the Jeep was being driven in an erratic manner before the crash. The SUV that was stolen from Dodds Lane was found in Newark on Sunday evening.
Official details regarding the crash and victims have not been released yet by the Mercer County Prosecutor or the Princeton Police. This story will be updated when more information is available.
Princeton Kingston Road was closed for several hours between Carnegie Drive and Roper Road due to the crash.
Numerous vehicle thefts have taken place in Princeton and surrounding towns in recent months. Often, the vehicles are stolen at night when people are asleep. The thieves target residential areas looking for unlocked vehicles.