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Authorities: Men killed in fiery crash were fleeing police

November 30, 2018

GLEN RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a fiery crash that killed two men in northern New Jersey occurred shortly after the driver had fled from a traffic stop.

Essex County prosecutors say Montclair police tried to stop the car driven by Galo Flores on Monday night, but he instead drove away at a high speed. The officers pursued the car with their overhead lights activated, but Flores struck a light pole around 10 p.m. Monday in Glen Ridge.

The impact caused the car to hit a tree and catch fire. The 25-year-old Harrison man was killed along with his passenger, 20-year-old Carlos Nieves of Newark.

The men were the only people in the car. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities haven’t said what spurred the traffic stop.

The crash remains under investigation.

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