Somerset County News

School District Prepares to Help Students After Freshman’s Sudden Death


WESTFIELD, NJ — Superintendent Margaret Dolan released a statement Sunday morning as the community learned about the death of a 13-year-old Westfield girl, who was struck by a vehicle on Central Avenue Saturday night. Her name has not yet been released.

“Words cannot adequately describe the sorrow we feel upon the tragic loss last evening of one of our Westfield High School freshmen,” Dolan said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her loving family and friends. Our school counselors and administrative team will be on hand to provide support and help in any way we can.”

The teen died Saturday night after she was struck by a service vehicle driven by an off-duty New Jersey State Police Trooper, according to Union County Prosecutor Grace. She was reportedly playing a scavenger hunt game with friends when she was hit. 

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