The incident happened on 4th August 2023 at 2:24 in the morning, a terrible motor vehicle accident in which Alexis Rodriguez and Luis Fernando tragically passed away.
How did the accident happen?
Alexis Rodriguez was 27 years old when he met this tragedy. The incident took place at Tonnelle Avenue, close to the Paterson Plank Road overpass. She was riding a Kia Stinger that Fernando Cevallos, who was 24 years old driving.
According to the report, they hit a tractor-trailer that was positioned on all four lanes of the road, and it was going for early morning delivery to local businesses. They moved south to Tonnella Avenue at a very high speed.
North Bergen police department officer Jon Nunez pulled down a Kia Stinger due to its excessive speed at 61st Street and Kennedy Boulevard at around 1:49 am on 4th August 2021
Later, he found the passenger and driver of the vehicle and was identified as Luis Fernando and Alexis Rodriguez. After an inquiry to Alexis, she said that they were going on their first date. Alexis got emotional and blamed herself for his reckless driving.
Officer Nunez calmed her and said that it was not her fault. He had given three citations to Luis for his careless driving skills, his disobeying the traffic rules, and breaking the terms and conditions of his provisional license. The officer cautioned and warned him to take care of it; otherwise, he would be in a fatal collision.
Recently, after this incident happened, the same officer, Nunez, responded to the radio transmission that Jessica Toro officer had sent at around 2:13 a.m. about the tractor-trailer and a motor vehicle collision on route 1-9 on 36 Street. The officer recognized the same car that he had stopped a while ago when he reached close to the accident spot.
Kia stinger struck the side of the tractor-trailer behind its rare wheel. It led the car to collide and push it underneath the tractor, and the car stopped about 30 to 40 feet past the truck.
Sadly, at around 2:26 a.m., a medical worker confirmed the death of the young individual. The truck driver walked away unharmed. Subsequent investigations revealed that excessive speed, reaching 124 MPH just 5 seconds before the crash, was a significant contributing factor.
Captain David Down of the North Bergen police department stated that no involvement of any drug or alcohol appeared in this accident. However, the investigation regarding this incident is still ongoing.
Alexis Rodriguez was an Edgewater native. She was an accomplished individual who graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A tragic collision took her life.
Funds for the deceased families
Community members are raising funds for the families of Luis Cevallos and Alexis Rodriguez to aid them in this difficult time.
Donations: Around $18,407 were raised for Cevallos’ family, and approximately $2,400 was raised in honour of the Rodriguez family
This incident is a lesson for all reckless drivers and those who violate traffic rules—our deepest condolences to the victim for passing at this young age in a tragic accident.