West Orange Woman Dies in Northfield Avenue Crash

Marouso Chiovaro, 36, of West Orange was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1:29 p.m.

[Editor's note: This article was last updated Sept. 20 at 11:40 p.m.]

A two-car collision on Northfield Avenue in West Orange left one person dead Tuesday afternoon, officials with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Marouso Chiovaro, 36, of West Orange was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1:29 p.m., according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray.

Shortly before 1 p.m.,  a blue Toyota Camry traveling east bound on Northfield Avenue in the area of Highwood Road crossed over into the west bound lanes of traffic and was struck by a red Honda Pilot, said Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman with the prosecutor's office.

She said Chiovaro was the driver of the Camry. The driver of the Honda was transported to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash caused major traffic delays in the area, with Northfield Avenue closed off in both directions between Gregory and Prospect Avenues hours after the incident.

West Orange officials and members of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office dotted the scene Tuesday on Northfield Avenue.

The red sports utility vehicle was propped up on a tow truck with visible damage to the front. On the other side of Northfield Avenue, a blue sedan was severely crushed.

The school district sent out a call to all district parents around 2 p.m. informing them an accident near Gregory could cause delays in the afternoon bus schedule. Gregory Principal Michele Thompson said she would keep students in the cafeteria once school let out if the buses were not there to pick up the kids.

A resident who lives in the area said she heard the crash from her home off Northfield Avenue. "I heard one car hitting another car," she said. The resident, who did not give her name, said she hears crashes all the time from her home and while this incident "didn't sound worse than normal," she was concerned when she saw six police cars whiz by her.

The woman said accidents happen all the time on the street especially in the winter and when it rains. "The roads get wet and people don't realize how slippery it gets," she said. "They fly down and they can't stop."

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Tuesday night that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and the West Orange Police are investigating the fatal motor vehicle crash.

Sue September 21, 2011 at 12:16 AM
A family lost someone today....say a prayer that they will get through this. There will be another time and place to get on your soap box about speeding, if that was even the case.
ilovepitts September 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM
also this poor lady was a mother of three now this kids r left with no mom prayers go out to the family
Lisa Toriello September 21, 2011 at 02:04 AM
Yes, I knew the person who was killed today and even her family doesn't have the details yet. Please, respect the family. 3 kids...2 VERY young are now without a mother. My heart hurts for this family and I pray for all of them!
kate September 21, 2011 at 03:29 AM
The details are not important. What is important is that there is a family with a missing piece of their heart. Our thought should be on helping the family in anyway available. It is heart breaking to me that people forget about what is important in times like this, and spend so much wasted time concentrating on what is not, and is also nobodys business other than the families. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
87jrivas September 21, 2011 at 12:02 PM
R.I.P. Marou u will be missed i love u boo
Lori September 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM
My heart goes out to the family as well, very sad. But the reality is, the cause of this incident is important in order to get a message out there to the public. No matter what the cause (speeding, texting, auto malfunction, avoiding wild animals, etc.) the public should be aware. Each bad circumstances can & should be used for good. What many people don't realize (I'm speaking in general, not about the deceased mother) is the responsibility they take on when they get behind the wheel of a car!! No matter if this incident was the woman's fault or not, it did involve another vehicle which sent that person to the hospital with no 'life-threatening' injuries. It's had an impact on that person's life and her family as well. Our thoughts should be with all the families and a message should be sent out for people to not take things for granted and/or people for granted. We are here one day & gone the next.
87jrivas September 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM
My prayers go out to u the boys and yessie i woke up hoping it was a dream but no it wasnt u will be missed we all loved u very much u was a great mom n ur kids came first b4 anything n anyone may god have u in a special place i will never forget u u always was a great freind and always held a special place in my heart
Deborah Hughey September 21, 2011 at 04:06 PM
My prayers go out to Yessie and her family. Words cannot express the sorrow that I am feeling for this family. May God give your and your family peace during this time. With Love! Hughey Family
Kathleen September 21, 2011 at 04:37 PM
God Bless those boys and Yessie who will miss her the most. They will need strong support and love now and always. I know Marouso will always be watching over the three. My prayers are with the family.
87jrivas September 21, 2011 at 07:43 PM
Thats so true kate we have a family with a missing piece we have a father that has to be mommy and daddy now and we have 2 boys that will be asking daddy for mommy and a young woman that loved her mom and they was not only mom n duaghter they were best freinds i knew her very well n marouso priority was her kids they came 1st 2nd and 3rd and she was always this way. On the other hand we also have the other driver that will have to live with the fact that she was the driver that impacted with the deceased car that driver has to b devasted to know that i cant imagine wats going threw that persons mind and heart. THE WHOLE WORLD LOST A WONDERFULL WOMAN,MOM,FREIND,EMPLOYEE,AND A WONDEFUL AND GREAT PERSON IN GENERAL SHE IS VERY MUCHED LOVED AND MISSED GONE BUT NEVER FORGGOTEN
Dina September 21, 2011 at 08:22 PM
I'm shocked to hear this awful news Marou was a good neighbor and friend, my heart goes out to Giovanni and baby Niko I pry god to give the strength to Rob to help him through this... I'm so sad I can't believe this happened. my your soul rest in peace. Dina
Deborah Hughey September 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Yessie, our prayers are with you and your family. Words can't express the pain that you and your family are going through. If you you need anything please let us know. Our prayers are with you. B. Hughey Family
Scott W. September 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM
Marouso worked in our customer service department. I work on the west coast and have never met her but she was always a pleasure to deal with on the phone. We have talked often over the years solving customer issues. I am very sad to hear about her passing. My prayers are with her family and friends. This is a huge loss.
Marylin franklin September 22, 2011 at 02:02 AM
I new Marouso and she was a wonderful woman and loved life. Gone to soon! You will be terribly missed. RIP
Anna Krivopal September 22, 2011 at 02:16 AM
God bless Marouso family, she was a nice person, very sorry to hear about her passing.
Elba Nieves-Ortega September 22, 2011 at 02:27 AM
My condolences go out to the family of Marouso, may she rest in peace. I know a lot of her family thru Emilio her uncle, so I know what a great family they. God bless you
Daniel September 22, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Rest in peace MArouso .my condolences to the family.
DANIEL September 22, 2011 at 09:18 PM
i feel the same way
DANIEL September 22, 2011 at 09:19 PM
no problem send my condolences daniel
BR1 September 23, 2011 at 01:42 PM
My Condolences to the family, Rest In Peace Maruouso, God bless your children in this time of need. Words can not express how much it hurts someone I know has passed and passed so tragically leaving behind so much
Michele Luciano September 23, 2011 at 07:45 PM
Hearing this news is very sad, as I knew Maruso and know her family. The family has so much to deal with right now so we can only wish them peace at this time and pray they make it through this difficult time. May god watch over her family, especially now and may she rest in peace. Lets pray for everyone involved.
Mamma Wap September 24, 2011 at 01:21 AM
My condolences go out the children and the family of this woman. It is true as some one stated in the article, people do speed up and down Northfield ave when it snows and rains not realizing how slippery the road becomes. There are car accidents all of the time, maybe the county or the township could put barrier like on south orange ave to stop the cars from going from one side to another.
Nimesh Patel September 27, 2011 at 01:04 AM
This is a very sad news. I knew her and my heart goes out to her 3 children. May God give her kids and family all the strength to cope with this tragedy. My condolences to her family. RIP :(
yesenia October 08, 2011 at 11:28 PM
I am marouso daughter yesi and I would like to say thank you for all of the comments she was a very loved women and everyone has shown soo much love in this very hard time thank you guys again from the bottom of my heart!
BoutMe Healing October 14, 2011 at 11:51 PM
May your family receive peace in their hearts of your doorsteps to heaven and may you receive the most beautiful wings ever! You are loved and missed, it pains me! ILY, Cice Rivera


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