SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is now involved in the investigation of an April 24 single car crash near Seton Hall University. 

TAPinto SOMA spoke with Sgt. Richard Lombardi of the South Orange Police Department about the situation. He confirmed that there were four occupants in a minivan traveling west in the area of 525 South Orange Ave. at the time of the crash.

“At this point, we’re not sure if there’s any criminality involved. However, it’s an open and ongoing investigation with our partners in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office,” said Lombardi. 

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On the day of the incident, the South Orange Rescue Squad posted on Facebook that their “EMS units 3-2, 3-3, and 3-4 operated on scene of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment and ejection this morning. Three patients were transported to University Hospital, two of them in critical condition, one in stable condition.”

Because of HIPAA privacy laws, Lombardi could not confirm any specific injuries, but did confirm that three of the four occupants did go to University Hospital in Newark — state-designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center.

“We will update everybody once their investigation and our investigation are complete” added Lombardi.



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