Traffic Tragedy Takes Teen

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Cintia Salce

Cintia Salce

ELIZABETH—A 15-year-old Elizabeth High School student was struck and killed by a car this week while she was crossing Routes 1&9.

Police said Cintia Salce and her friend were heading to visit a nearby 7-Eleven shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday night when they attempted to cross the highway against a traffic signal at the intersection of Grier Avenue.

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The teens planned on seeing a friend who worked at the convenience store, but a 2004 Infiniti Nissan struck the teenager, who died at the scene.

Lt. Bill Duggan of the Elizabeth Police Department Traffic Division said the Infiniti driver is a pregnant woman with good driving record.

The driver, who required medical attention after the accident, apparently had the right of way according to witnesses.

“She was traveling in the middle lane when this girl ran out in front of her,” Duggan said.

Salce was a talented writer and loved books who was studying creative writing at the Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy.

Salce previously attended George Washington School No. 1 and the Mable Gertrude Holmes Middle School before she moved up to Elizabeth High School.

Cintia is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Salce, and a brother, Antonio Salce.

Friends posted a memorial tribute to Cintia Salce on YouTube and the city school district posted a web page mourning her loss.

The school district’s memorial website featured many warm thoughts and cherished memories about her.

“I’m holding back tears because I know (Cintia) wouldn’t want me to cry,” wrote Daniela Martinez, a close friend.

Another friend, Leslie Martinez, wrote, “Instead of wasting the time crying, we can all look back and smile at the good times.”

Updated Monday, Oct. 12, 2009


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