Student Dies in Car Crash

Police believed he lost control of his car.  If there are no other circumstances surrounding the crash, they should examine the possibility of sudden cardiac arrest.

WEST MILFORD — Eric Torres was best known to his friends as the “go-to guy” for any problems they might have, the one with the “golden heart” and someone who never ran out of hugs or encouraging words. And on Monday afternoon, many of them struggled with loss of the teen with the infectious personality.

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“He put you in front of everybody else … and always liked to talk about how sexy he was,” said Troy Semeraro, reflecting on his friend’s exuberance.

The 17-year-old Hewitt resident was killed in a car crash on Union Valley Road Saturday evening as he was driving his 16-year-old girlfriend, Victoria Mundhenk, home at the Bald Eagle Commons in town. Police believe the West Milford High School senior lost control of his vehicle while traveling south on Union Valley Road, crashing into another car. Mundhenk and the driver of the other car, Kelli Whritenour, 46 of West Milford, were injured and hospitalized.

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