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Medical Episode Precedes Crash Into Tree That Kills Elmwood Park Driver, 69

Area streets were closed as the wreckage was cleared and authorities investigated.
Area streets were closed as the wreckage was cleared and authorities investigated. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J -- A 69-year-old Elmwood Park motorist apparently suffered a medical episode that sent his SUV across oncoming traffic and head-on into a tree Thursday night, killing him, authorities told Daily Voice.

Nicholas Enea was alone in his northbound 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe when it crashed on Boulevard near the intersection of Franklin Street at 5 p.m., Police Chief Michael Foligno told Daily Voice.

The vehicle had "gradually crossed over the centerline of the roadway, through the oncoming south bound lane, mounted the curb and struck the tree," the chief said.

"Witness testimony and officers’ investigation suggests that the victim suffered some sort of medical episode prior to the crash," he said.

Enea had been a sales manager for a company that sells and maintains diesel and alternative fuel engines, transmissions, power generation systems and various related products, components, parts and accessories.

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