3 women accused of dumping friend in cold

January 29, 2009 5:35:45 AM PST
Three women are accused of abandoning a former friend wearing only a dress and a shoe in 8-degree weather along the New Jersey-New York border. North Bergen police say the women were seeking revenge because the 19-year-old had sued one of the women's insurance company after a car accident.

Lt. Frank Cannella says the victim suffered serious frostbite on both feet and may need surgery.

Twenty-two-year-old Maria Contreras-Luciano of Dumont, 20-year-old Amber Crespo and 21-year-old Dyanne Velasquez, both of North Bergen, face kidnapping, assault and conspiracy charges. They each posted $200,000 bail.

A motorist let the teen use a cell phone, but refused to give her a ride. Another motorist took her to a hospital and she reported the incident four days later.

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Information from: The Record of Bergen County, http://www.northjersey.com

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