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Police Investigate Teaneck Thanksgiving Crash That Killed Popular Nurse

The aftermath.
The aftermath. Photo Credit: Jack Dunn (Regional Fire Photos)
At the scene.
At the scene. Photo Credit: PHOTO: Marty Marr (COURTESY: CBS2 New York)

TEANECK, N.J. -- Teaneck police said Friday they were investigating a head-on Thankgiving Day crash that killed a popular 45-year-old nurse barely a block from her home.

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Responders found Belinda Mercado Loughlin pinned behind the wheel in cardiac arrest after the two-car collision at Queen Anne Road and Degraw Avenue around 3:40 p.m.

Loughlin was headed south on Queen Anne Road when her 2002 Honda Civic collided wih a 2009 Honda Accord headed west on Degraw Avenue driven by Mohammad A. Chaudry, Police Chief Robert A. Carney said.

Loughlin was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries, the chief said.

Chaudry was taken to Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck with chest pain and a female passenger who was with him to HUMC -- also with an injury that Carney said wasn't considered life-threatening.

Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps members worked with township firefighters to free Loughlin while caring for her, the TVAC's Larry Robertson told Daily Voice.

An off-duty EMT from another squad also pulled up and offered assistance, while off-duty TVAC members were recalled to staff two additional ambulances to transport the other injured occupants, he said.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit assisted, while the county sheriff's Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence, Carney said.

Loughlin worked as a labor and delivery nurse at both Holy Name and HUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood, friends told Daily Voice.

"People are heartbroken," one said Wednesday morning.

A little over 12 hours earlier, two men were ejected from another car when it hit a telephone pole on Teaneck Road in front of the Popeye's restaurant at 3:15 a.m., Robertson said. Their conditions couldn't be determined Thursday afternoon.

Police were investigating that crash, as well.

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