Girl, 11, Among 3 Killed In Essex County Car Crash: Police

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — A three-car crash in Essex County killed three people and seriously injured five others on Sunday night, authorities said.

The collision took place around 7 p.m. at Broad Street and Central Avenue in Newark, when a Honda traveling southbound on Broad Street hit a Mazda traveling north, causing it to hit a Toyota.

The victims included Clarise Pizcha, 11, of Newark, a rear-seat passenger in the Mazda. Emergency responders transported Pizcha to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m. on Sunday, authorities said.

Elba Galarza, 77, of Glen Ridge, a passenger in the Honda, also sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Emergency responders transported Galarza to St. Michael’s Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, authorities said.

Rosa Lojalema, 35, of Newark, the driver of the Mazda, was pronounced dead at 1:20 a.m. on Monday, authorities said.

The crash seriously injured five other people; two were in the Honda and three were in the Mazda. The driver and two passengers in the Toyota weren’t injured, authorities said.

An investigating is ongoing. As of Monday night, no charges have been filed, according to a joint statement from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information can contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

No additional information was immediately available. Patch will update this article if more details are released.

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