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Teen New Jersey soccer player killed in car accident

The family and friends of a 16-year-old girl from Bloomfield, New Jersey, are in mourning and disbelief. The high school soccer player was killed in a rear-end car accident over the weekend, and investigators have said reckless driving and excessive speed may be to blame.

The teen was riding in the back seat of a car with two friends late Saturday night when the Honda Civic was rear-ended by a Chevy Camaro. Four other people were also injured in the crash, which led the girl to be rushed to a hospital where she died of her injuries.

Soon after the accident, rumors were flying about what caused it. Police are still investigating but are looking into allegations that the car that rear-ended the Civic had been drag racing just beforehand with another car, and that the Civic was trapped in the middle. Due to the amount of damage -- the 16-year-old girl was crushed in the back seat -- it seems likely that the Camaro driver was driving at excessively high speeds at the time.

The day after the accident, the victim's family and friends came together to hold an impromptu candlelight vigil. Many wore the No. 3, her varsity soccer jersey number. They too are wondering what led her to die far too young.

No charges have been filed, but if law enforcement concludes that the accident was caused by reckless driving, the driver of the Camaro could face not only criminal punishment, but a civil wrongful death lawsuit, if her family decides to seek compensation for their loss. An award for damages could ease the immense pain her family is undoubtedly feeling and perhaps even go toward a means of remembering her for many years to come.

Source: MyFoxNY.com, "Teen killed, 4 others hurt in NJ crash," Teresa Priolo, Sept. 30, 2012

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