FRANKLIN TWP. (Hunterdon County), NJ – A 17-year-old North Hunterdon High School student was killed and his 16-year-old passenger – also a North Hunterdon High School student - was injured in a motor vehicle crash here this morning.
The 8:52 a.m. collision between a 2013 Toyota Corolla and a 2005 Kenworth T80 dump truck happened as the Toyota was entering Route 513, according to a press release issued this afternoon by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III.
The dump truck was driving south on Rt. 513 and driven by Walter Bravo, 24, of Newark, Kearns said.
The injured 16-year-old boy was flown to Morristown Memorial Hospital by State Police NorthStar medevac helicopter with non-life threatening injuries, according to the press release.
“This accident is a terrible tragedy,” Kearns said. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young men involved.”
The death has shaken the school community. To offer support, North Hunterdon High School will have counselors at the school tomorrow – July 1 – from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school’s Cafeteria B.
First responders have taken to social media to share their care and concerns with the victims’ family and friends.
“During this very sad time, it is important that we pull together as a community to support one another and keep the student’s family in our thoughts and prayers,” the school wrote in a statement. “In order to be sensitive to the family during this tragic time, we are unable to release any further details at this time.
The investigation into the accident will be conducted by Franklin Township police under the supervision of Kearns’ Forensic Analysis Collision Team with the assistance of the State Police Fatal Accident Unit.
Assisting at the scene of the accident were Kearns’ office, Franklin Township police, State Police, Quakertown Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Clinton Fire, Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad, Hunterdon County MICU, Hunterdon County Medical Examiner’s Office, Superior Towing Company and Hunterdon County Garage Services.
The press release was issued jointly by Kearns, his Chief of Detectives John Kuczynski and Franklin Township Officer in Charge Lt. Timothy Snyder.