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North Bellmore teen remains in critical condition after NJ crash

Family friend sets up fundraising page as student undergoes critical surgeries

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Anthony Galante, 19, of North Bellmore, remained in critical condition yesterday, with surgeries on hold due to an infection in his lungs and internal bleeding, according to family.

Galante was one of five injured in a serious crash near the College of New Jersey, where he is a student, on Dec. 2.

According to a report in the college newspaper The Signal, the two-vehicle crash happened in the early morning hours. Anthony Galante, 19, a sophomore finance major was hospitalized with critical injuries, according to The Signal.

Those involved in the crash suffered broken bones, a brain injury, a ruptured bladder and multiple lacerations, according to the Signal report, and many of them were trapped inside their vehicles, and later freed by Ewing Township first responders.

The Asbury Park Press reported that the driver of the second vehicle has been charged with multiple offenses relating to the crash.

A family friend of Galante set up a GoFundMe page to help the student’s family pay for medical bills.

“Thank you for your kindness and generosity at this extremely difficult time,” Geri Licurse, of Long Beach, wrote.

According to Licurse’s latest update on Dec. 3, Galante underwent surgery to repair a shattered pelvis, and another surgery was planned to repair other broken bones.

“He has a very long road ahead of him, but the big surgery is over, so hopefully the worst is behind him,” Licurse wrote.

The Herald will update this story if more information becomes available.

You can visit the fundraising page for the Galante family at bit.ly/2UfqChS.