1 Rutgers grad, 2 Chinese restaurant workers, several cows dead in weekend crash
Details are emerging about the victims and those involved in a crash on Route 287 Saturday night that left three people dead, injured 11 others and killed several cows.
Ravi Naik, 23, of Hillsborough was killed shortly after he sideswiped a trailer pulling cattle around 10:30 p.m. in Bernards Township, according to New Jersey State Police. After pulling over, he walked back to speak to the driver of the pickup, Troy Chase of Pittston, Maine, according to State Police. A van with 12 passengers also sideswiped the trailer and then struck Naik as it careened across the highway and into a guard rail. Two of the passengers were also killed. A total of 11 people were injured.
NJ Advance Media NJ reported Naik was a recent Rutgers graduate who graduated Hillsborough High School in 2010 and worked at R/GA, a New York advertising agency. Friend Dharmin Desai told the newspaper Naik was close to his family and still lived with them.
The passengers in the van worked at the Ling Ling Chinese restaurant in Basking Ridge, which has closed the restaurant until Thursday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends affected by this terrible tragedy. Words cannot express our grief for those we have lost far too soon," read a message on the Restaurant's website.