UPDATED: Man, 22, Killed in Valley Road Accident

Park Ridge man was pronounced dead at the scene of the two-car crash Wednesday night.

A 22-year-old man was killed in a two-vheicle crash on Valley Road shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Wayne Police said.

The man was identified as Devin Okeefe, of Park Ridge, who was traveling North on Valley Road when his 1998 Acura crossed over to the southbound lane and crashed into a BMW, Sgt. Joseph Duncan said in a statement issued by the police department’s Traffic Bureau Thursday morning.

Paramedics from St. Joseph's Hospital and the Wayne First Aid Squad rendered aid to Okeefe, but he died from his injuries at the scene, Duncan said. 

A doctor from St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson pronounced Okeefe dead at the scene, Duncan said.

The driver of the BMW, Dominick Capone, 20, of Woodland Park, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.

The accident occurred between Ratzer Road and Hamburg Turnpike near the Ramapo Shopping Plaza. Glass was spread across Valley Road. Airbags in the two vehicles were deployed.

Part of Valley Road was closed to traffic Wednesday night while the accident was being investigated.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office and the traffic bureau are investigating the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash should contact the traffic bureau at 973-633-3520.

Bill September 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Pat September 20, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I agree and obnoxious drivers on your butt because you are following the speed limit.
John Davies September 20, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I think George is right.
IHHS08 September 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
RIP Devin, love you always
Lory September 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Devin was an amazing young man. He is loved by many and his death has left, all that knew him, devasted. I will remember you always cousin. oxox
Jim September 20, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The solution is to have barriers in the middle of the road. So many people have been killed there yet no barriers for valley road have been installed. Why is that. I have been in this town since 1972 and my HS year I can think of three people killed alone.
still in town 78 September 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Speed limits are not the problem. Distracted and Unsafe drivers are. Not just young drivers either there are plenty of middle age and older drivers are just as or more dangerous then the new drivers.
fboy1932 September 21, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I feel horrible for this poor kid..my condolences to the family. Yes I do agree Valley Rd is dangerous, maybe something can be done to slow the flow...maybe adding another light?
Mary Cunningham Hilla September 21, 2012 at 04:13 AM
To Unrealthistown....Don't make assumptions...Kinow the facts !!!
Mary Cunningham Hilla September 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Mary Devin was a kind generous, good natured person and will be missed sorely...Love You So Much Dev !!!
Virginia Catherine September 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I am very sad to know that this young man didn't make it. I was at the scene of the accident and was praying while the paramedics where trying to revive him. God bless his soul and I pray the angels of God took him to his heavenly home. I wish peace for his family and that they know there will be a wonderful reunion one day for all those who trust in the Lord Jesus.
Alejandro September 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
To Pat, follow the speed limit and move to the right lane, leave the right lane clear for people who need to pass you.
Daenerys Targaryen September 21, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Virginia, thank you so much for your prayers and condolences for Devin and his family. I am mourning over the loss of one of my best friends and it is very much appreciated for all your kind words. Rest in Peace, Devin O'keefe. You were an amazing person with a beautiful soul. You will forever be missed by your friends and family. We all love you.
George Hering September 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Hey "Unreal this town"-before you open your BIG mouth and add to a family's pain-KNOW THE FACTS. You know the saying about when you "assume"-you make an "ASS of U and ME" George Hering
VeggieLvr September 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM
So sorry for the loss of Devin - your son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, friend. May all your memories of his vibrant life comfort you during this very sad time, may he rest in peace.
Kathy September 23, 2012 at 03:01 AM
It's NOT the speed limit......It's the driver...be cautious.....I have a little girl and do the speed limit but I see people texting in mirror etc....I am cautious but what I see is unbelievable....PAY ATTENTION or it will cost u your life and then someone else's...All I care about is the precious life in my back seat.............
Warren Hilla September 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Thank You George !! I hate it when people just assume without knowing the facts, which I DO know !! Mary
Warren Hilla September 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Kathy Know the facts first before you post things like "it's the driver... All we all care about are the lives of our children. Devin was precious to us and we will be lost without him. Mary
Warren Hilla September 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Virginia Thank You So Much for your condolences. Mary
Virginia Catherine September 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Daenerys, I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear friend and am praying for you and his family during this very difficult time. It sounds like Devin was truly a blessing to everyone in his life.
Daenerys Targaryen September 23, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Kathy, If you have nothing nice to say don't say it. You don't known Devin nor do you know the pain and grief the friends and family are going through and your negative comments are only making things worse. Keep your thoughts to yourself next time, thanks.
Concerned Parent September 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM
There are four sides to every car crash. That’s what they call a wrecktangle.
Vau Jyna September 24, 2012 at 11:38 PM
You're horrible!
Mary Cunningham Hilla September 25, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Dear Virginia On behalf of the family of our beloved Devin, I would personally like to thank you for all your kinds words and prayers ! We are in terrible pain right now at the loss of Devin. Its kind people like you, that we don't even know that give us hope and strength to get through this. Please continue to pray for our family and for Devin. Thank You and God Bless You !!
susan okeefe September 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
you unrealthistown fyi my son was not texting ,nor drinking ,and wearing a seatbelt so stop assuming ahole and get an f%$#n life and but out of mine!!!!!!!!!!
susan okeefe September 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
And an other note to kathy!!! you need toget the facts !!!!my son for your information didnt have a phone call or text come into his phone .my son was a very cautious driver!!!! so keep your stupid thoughts to your self because your wrong!
susan okeefe September 26, 2012 at 09:05 PM
thank you to all the support that i have been getting . its unbelievable the out pouring of support.and as for those who speculate well thats just what your doing.i think you owe an apology to me because i do know what happened and those of you do not!!
John Davies October 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Please read carefully and you will notice that Kathy did not say anything at all about Devin O'Keefe or his driving. She was commenting on the topic raised by the remarks made by others about the fact that people drive too fast on Valley Road. Then, she spoke about her own observations of other drivers. She never said a thing about Mr. O'Keefe.
Patty Voglino October 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
It's terrible that a young man died. My heart goes out to his mother. I myself live on Valley Road and I have always compared it to Rt. 80. I hate it with a passion.
Patty Voglino October 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
So sad that a young man lost his life. My heart goes out to his mother. I live on Valley Rd. and hate it w a passion. I have always compared it to Rt. 80.


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