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Mark Pych Dies After Car Plunges Into Water Near Liberty State Park In New Jersey

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Maria Pych, right, and her daughter Bernadette Pych, 17, mourn near the scene where Maria's son, Mark Pych, 22, was killed earlier in the day when the car he was allegedly driving plunged into the Morris Canal at Liberty Harbor in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The body of the driver was recovered shortly after authorities responded to the scene of the crash, which was reported around 3:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A car plunged into the water near a park overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on Wednesday, killing a man out celebrating the new year.

The crash was reported at about 3:30 a.m. at the Morris Canal in Jersey City near Liberty State Park.

The New York Police Department's dive team found the body of 22-year-old Mark Pych, a recent Rutgers-Newark graduate, a short time later. His family told The Jersey Journal he had planned to meet his friends at a nearby restaurant.

"We were waiting for him to get home so we could have the New Year's champagne, but he never made it," Pych's 17-year-old sister, Bernadette Pych, told The Associated Press.

Jersey City police and fire department spokesman Bob McHugh told the newspaper that Pych's car drove through barricades blocking the road. A crane was used to lift the car from the water.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Pych's mother, Maria Pych, said he was "a good driver" and she "never had any problems with him in that area."

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