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Catholic athlete Paramus dies months after parents died in car crash

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Khameryn Oliver, a 17-year-old student-athlete at Paramus Catholic High School who had been in a coma since the March 16 five-car crash in Kearny that killed her father and mother, died Wednesday evening, her grandmother Karen Oliver said. .

Oliver sent a text to saying her granddaughter had succumbed to her injuries.

“No one or family should ever have to endure so much loss and pain,” her uncle Robert Oliver wrote on social media. “We prayed and God delivered our dear sweet Kham Kham to her final resting place next to her dear parents.”

Kameryn had been part of the shuttle hurdle relay team of a Catholic Paramus track team, which had punched its ticket to a national track tournament. She was also a gifted volleyball player. Her family, expecting a long recovery period, had started a fundraiser for Kameryn.

Khameryn, her father Rhakeem Oliver and her mother Shavonn Stewart-Oliver had left their home in West Orange early that Saturday morning to go to a volleyball tournament.

The family, described as sweet by friends and coworkers, was traveling when they were involved in a five-car crash on County Road 508 in Kearny, also known as Newark-Jersey City Turnpike. The accident is under investigation.

Rhakeem Oliver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on March 16. Shavonn Stewart-Oliver, assistant principal at a school in Passaic, died nearly a week later. She was initially pulled from the wreckage and had spoken to officers the week before she died.

“She was expected to make a full recovery,” said Detective Sgt. Michal Gontarczuk said after her death: “She was talking to our officers.”

Accident data obtained

Although the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has not released much information, an accident report obtained from the Kearny Police Department indicates the crash occurred after an eastbound car crossed the center line and struck a westbound car.

The westbound car struck a third car, which swerved, then Oliver’s vehicle, which overturned, and finally a fourth westbound car.

Gontarczuk said the stretch of road where the accident occurred could be particularly dangerous.

While there aren’t a large number of accidents, the accidents that do occur there are often very serious, Gontarczuk said.

“That part of the roadway needs a median,” he said of the four-lane county road, which has lanes at different times. A median could prevent cars from colliding with each other, he said.