UPDATE: Driver plows into cars on shoulder of Parkway, killing teen
BRICK — A teenage girl sitting in the backseat of a car that had pulled over on the Garden State Parkway was killed after another vehicle veered into the shoulder and slammed into her car.
Police said a Ford Explorer traveling north near mile marker 93.3 about 5:22 p.m. Saturday went into the right shoulder and struck a parked Hyundai Santa Fe, which was pushed into a Honda CR-V that was parked in front.
At the time of the crash, the drivers were outside the two cars on the shoulder. But two passengers were still inside the Hyundai, including 15-year-old Rachel Upright. The New Milford, Pennsylvania, girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police on Sunday had not released the names of the others involved in the crash.
Rescuers rushed the other Hyundai passenger, who had serious injuries, and the driver of the Ford, who had minor injuries, to Jersey Shore Medical Center.
Investigators have not said whether they know why the Ford went onto the shoulder or why the two vehicles on the shoulder had pulled over. Criminal charges have not been announced.
The crash left two lanes on the Parkway closed for three hours.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated to include the name of the victim who died.