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Prosecutor's Detectives Probe Crash That Killed Mahwah High School Student

The prosecutor made it official Monday afternoon.
The prosecutor made it official Monday afternoon. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps / INSET: GoFundMe

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal formally announced Monday afternoon that detectives from his Fatal Accident Investigation Unit were looking into what caused a weekend crash that killed a 17-year-old Mahwah High School student.

Nicholas Laurewald  was one of five passengers in a 2006 Toyota 4Runner that slammed into a tree Saturday night.

He was killed in the crash and another 17-year-old passenger was injured, authorities said.

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A candlelight vigil honoring Nicholas Lauerwald was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Mahwah High School football field. Meanwhile, friends and loved ones have launched a fund to purchase bracelets and T-shirts that will keep the teen's memory alive. CLICK HERE .

More than $8,700 had been raised as of Monday evening on a YouCaring/Memorial Scholarship Fund honoring the teen.

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A car containing three girls was following the boys when the crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Bellgrove Drive at North Bayard Lane, authorities said.

Several of the boys are members of the high school boys soccer team, which beat Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood earlier Saturday, Police Chief James Batelli told Daily Voice.

"There are a lot of leaves and tree limbs down and the roads were wet," Batelli said. "That probably played a role in it."

The victims were taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

Two township police officers responding to the scene off Airmont Avenue were OK after one cruiser rear-ended the other, Batelli said.

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