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Teaneck Woman Killed in 'Road Rage' Crash

Two men charged with vehicular homicide for their alleged involvement in crash that took life of 63-year-old woman.

A 63-year-old Teaneck woman was the victim of a fatal two-vehicle crash on the Garden State Parkway Sunday and two drivers have been charged in her death, state police said. 

Annetta Billingy was the rear passenger in a silver Honda Pilot driven by 20-year-old John Emili of New City, N.Y., Trooper Christopher Kay, a state police spokesman, said Monday. The relationship between Billingy and Emili was not clear. 

Kay said the crash happened during a "road rage incident" between the two drivers that started near Route 17 and continued to its end between exits 167 and 168 on the Garden State Parkway northbound in Washington Township. 

Thomas J. Vanderweit, 27, of Saddle Brook and Emili were driving erratically, making numerous lane changes and speeding, Kay said Sunday. Near exit 167, Emili attempted to pass Vangerweit on the right in the exit lane when he lost control of his Honda Pilot, Kay said. 

His car bounced off the guard rail, sending it into a collision with Vanderweit's Chevy Trailblazer, Kay said. Billingy, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.

State police received a call at 10:48 a.m. reporting the crash in the highway's northbound lanes, Kay said. A Hackensack University Medical Center helicopter landed on the Parkway and airlifted Billingy to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:01 p.m. 

Vanderweit and Emili were both charged with vehicular homicide and numerous motor vehicle violations, Kay said. They were each held in Bergen County Jail on $100,000 bail with no 10 percent option.

B@B July 02, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I drive the Parkway and Route 80 every day, and I'm amazed this sort of thing doesn't happen more often. Tailgating, road rage, weaving in and out of lanes in an attempt to save 30 seconds. I take my life in my hands every day driving because some people insist on using 2-3 tons of potential flaming metal death to try to work out their problems by intimidating other people. Condolences to the loved ones of the person who died, but a pox on both of these drivers. May the image of what happened here torment them to the end of their days.

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