Two Seriously Hurt After Vehicle Strikes Pole

Mountain Avenue remains closed after early morning accident.

Two men have been hospitalized with serious injuries after the vehicle they were traveling inwestbound on Mountain Avenue, near Sage Drive, went off the road and hit a utility pole at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, police reported.

Driver Tyler Delino, 24, of Gillette, was taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment of head injuries received in the accident.

Warren resident Steven Russo, 26, a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle, was taken to the UMDNJ in Newark for treatment of neck and back injuries.

Natasha Davis, 22, of Watchung, was riding in the back seat of the vehicle and sustained minor injuries, which were treated at the scene, police said.

Mountain Avenue remains closed between Hillcrest Road and Valley View Drive, as investigators with the Warren Police Department and Somerset County Crash Investigation Team continue to investigate the cause of the accident, and for repair of the utility pole and lines. Police said possible charges are pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Area rescue squads, including Warren, Watchung and Berkeley Heights, responded to the scene to provide extrication from the vehicle, with Warren Townshp Fire Department volunteers. Also responding were Berkeley Heights police. 

Tanya July 18, 2012 at 09:36 AM
Does anyone know how Steven is?? He was txting me at the time of the incident. Last txt was at 12:38 ....Can anyone tell me anything??? Im soo worried!!!
Kelly July 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Tanya- my family was with him last night. He's very hurt, broken neck, shattered pelvis, broken hip, contusion on lung- but he is gonna be ok. He is going to be in hospital for awhile, as he had neck surgery yesterday and is scheduled again today. All any of us can do is to pray for him- and he needs everyone's prayers.
John Patten (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
That's good news to hear Kelly. Thank you.
ang pietrantuono July 18, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Who is the idiot that would make a comment like that during the hardest time of a mothers life not knowing what will happen you never went to a late movie or fair any event late in my opion you should have not comment at all stevens aunt angela you will get through this love ya
Van Grafas July 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
This stretch of Mountain Avenue is getting known for all the drag racers who leave the 4 way light and want to test there skills often moving at over 50 MPH approaching the frst set of curves. We were w/o power for about 7 hours from this clearly careless driver. More police radar traps need to set up at key hours to stop or deter this reckless behavior. This driver will always be reminded of his careless/reckless behavior the rest of his life. hard to feel sorry on this one.
Marianne July 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Apparently they took Bobbie's comment down since the comment made no sense... It seems people want to voice their opinions as to what happened and who was careless without knowing the facts. Van Grafas... You must have been standing out on the street to know that a deer didn't perhaps cut them off... Another car... Or yes perhaps plain carelessness on the driver but to complain about no power for 7 hours because of this is selfish. Perhaps when my cousin ( the passenger) gets out of the hospital he can come and apologize for your inconvience... In the meantime since you know it all and have time to make these remarks write your mayor about your suggestions.... In a future Patch we will see you complaining about your tax increase!!
ang pietrantuono July 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Van you say you don't care and how you losing power is more important then a kids life how would you feel if evan or sophia were in the car how would you feel then?
laura July 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
DONT BE TEXTING OUR FRIENDS WHILE THEY ARE DRIVING>> YOU COULD HAVE KILLED THEM!!!!! 1238::1240 coincidence to you? get a reality check tanya. .. strait the f up. put the phone down and let our friends drive. what could have been so important 2 minutes before our friends could have been killed. -laura c.
Tanya July 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Woah Laura ....Steven was in the passanger seat so how is that affecting his driving?? You sound a little silly and the answer to your question is that there is no txt that important but again, I don't know how that is going to affect someone sitting in the passanger seat not driving and Steven is my friend too and I would never do anything to put his life in danger.
Tanya July 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM
and actually it was your "friend" that put Steven in the hospital for drinking and driving so if you want to put the blame on someone point ur finger that way!! Put the blame where is really belongs!!! The person who was arrogant enough to get behind the wheel knowing he couldn't drive!!!
ang pietrantuono July 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
hey laura, its steven cousin Bridget 1. the side that was hit was the passanger side aka the side steven was on 2. stop sticking up for tyler and whoever else was in the car cause if you were his REAL friends you wouldnt be fighting about this or taking side 3. you all really need to get a life and get off this site! 4. its against the law to put lies online. its called slander... 5. and your trying to cover up the crime.... which is against the law too also if you know so much then clearly you were there. and if anyone else has something to say come talk to us in person in stand of hiding behind a computer like a high schooler... everyone needs to grow up and let my family be during this time
ang pietrantuono July 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
everyone needs to grow up and get off of this!
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Kevin Park December 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I hope the people who were hurt make as much a recovery as possible.


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