Lawsuit: NJ trooper was texting moments before he struck and killed teen

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Lawsuit: NJ trooper was texting moments before he struck and killed teen

Lawsuit: NJ trooper was texting moments before he struck and killed teen
The family of 14-year-old Terry DiFalco filed the suit against Alexander Gelfand months after the crash.
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Lawsuit: NJ trooper was texting moments before he struck and killed teen
Jai-Leen James , Asbury Park Press Published 11:22 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019 | Updated 11:39 a.m. ET Nov. 20, 2019
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WESTFIELD - An off-duty New Jersey State Trooper is being sued by the family of a 14-year-old girl he killed while texting and driving in 2017, according to a report .
36-year-old Alexander Gelfand, of Cranford, is accused of texting a woman he met on the dating app Tinder moments before the fatal crash, according to a report. 
Theresa "Terry" DiFalco was participating in a scavenger hunt with her Westfield High School theater department peers, according to a report. Gelfand had finished working for the day and was driving an unmarked police vehicle when he struck DiFalco, according to a report. The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. that night on Central Avenue near the intersection with Wyoming Street in Westfield, according to a report.
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“I had fun. You’re sweet and I want to see you again," Gelfand allegedly texted to a woman he had just met for the first time at her home in Matawan, according to the lawsuit. According the the suit, that text was allegedly sent just two minutes prior to the first 911 call reporting the accident.
DiFalco was pronounced dead at the scene, according to reports. Gelfand was not charged by Union County prosecutors in the crash, according to a report.
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Ridgedale High School students watch as one of their peers plays an injured motorist during a mock crash Monday morning. The staged "accident" is meant to show the dangers and consequences of distracted and drunk driving. The scenario took place in the north parking lot of the school in preparation for Ridgedale's prom night this Saturday.
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Ridgedale High School students watch as one of their peers lays "dead" on the ground during a mock crash Monday morning. The staged "accident" is meant to show the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.
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Ridgedale High School students watch as one of their peers lays "dead" on the ground during a mock crash Monday morning. The staged "accident" is meant to show the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.
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Ridgedale High School students watch as two of their peers portray injured motorist during a mock crash Monday morning. The staged "accident" is meant to show the dangers of distracted and drunk driving. The scenario took place in the north parking lot of the school in preparation for Ridgedale's prom night this Saturday.
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Firefighters with the Salt Rock Fire Department assist an "injured" motorist Monday morning during a mock crash held at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School. Principal Greg Rossman said it has been more than eight years since the school has hosted the scenario meant to show students the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.
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Paramedics assist an "injured" motorist Monday morning during a mock crash held at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School. Principal Greg Rossman said it has been more than eight years since the school has hosted the scenario meant to show students the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.
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Members of the Salt Rock Fire Department, Survival Flight, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Officer took part in a mock crash at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School Monday morning.
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Members of the Salt Rock Fire Department, Survival Flight, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Office took part in a mock crash at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School Monday morning.
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Paramedics place an "injured" motorist into a helicopter during a mock crash at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School Monday morning. Principal Greg Rossman said it has been more than eight years since the school has hosted the scenario meant to show students the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.
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Members of the Salt Rock Fire Department, Survival Flight, the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Office took part in a mock crash at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School Monday morning.
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Students run towards their "injured" peers during a mock crash at Ridgedale Jr./Sr. High School Monday morning.
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