Cell Phone Played Role in Fatal Teen Crash
Mt. Olive police say Mt. Olive driver was speaking on phone just before hitting tree.
Budd Lake's Nicholas Novaky was speeding and using a cell phone at the time his SUV crashed into a tree in Mt. Olive Township on June 19, killing him and a passenger, according to newjerseyhills.com.
The report says cell phone records show Novaky was speaking on the hand-held device just a moment before the accident, and was traveling at a rate of 64 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone, according to Mt. Olive Police Officer Eric Anthony.
Novaky and his passenger, 19-year-old Neil Solanky of Flanders, both died as a result of the driver's Dodge Durango striking a tree on Wolfe Road.
Novaky was scheduled to graduate Mt. Olive High School the following night and played football for the Marauders.
Friends and family members created a roadside memorial for the two teens in the days following the crash. Those who knew the young men said they were always smiling and loved life.