Police: Woman let unlicensed teen drive car before fatal crash in Pittsgrove Twp.

The suspect is accused of giving car keys to an unlicensed driver before a crash that left a teen passenger dead.

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Police have charged a woman for her alleged role in a crash that killed New Jersey teenager.

PITTSGROVE TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- Police have charged a woman for her alleged role in a crash that killed a teenager in New Jersey.

Action News has learned that 50-year-old Tisha Gargon was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Salem County court documents, the unlicensed driver was "given permission and access to drive the vehicle by the defendant which resulted in the fatal accident."

Gargon was recorded on body camera footage admitting to allowing the juvenile to operate the vehicle, investigators say.

The crash killed 15-year-old Evan D'Anjou of Pittsgrove Township. He was a student at Arthur P. Schalick High School.

Evan D'Anjou

The crash occurred on Tuesday, May 3, around 6 a.m. at Deer Pen Park.

Police say D'Anjou was the passenger in a vehicle being driven by another Schalick High School student.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that the driver failed to stop at a stop sign, traveled across Rt. 553 and crashed into a tree in the middle of the park.

D'Anjou was killed. The male driver was injured.

"Everyone loved him, that's the main thing that hit hard," senior Michael Donovan told Action News just days after the crash.

This was the second tragedy to hit the high school recently. Several weeks ago, a Schalick student was hit and killed while riding his bicycle.

"We're all kind of helping each other out, picking each other up, doing the best we can. It's a small school, not many kids go here. We're all close-knit," Donovan said. "We just got to do our best to help each other."