The 11-year-old Bridgeton boy who lost his family in a crash on July 7 will remain hospitalized for another month.

Three members of the Cardoso-Báez family died when their car crashed into a propane tanker truck about 3:20 p.m. at the intersection of West Boulevard and Lake Road in the Gloucester County township of Franklin. The family’s car overturned and became wedged under the truck.

Mariela Cardoso-Baez, 19, was the behind the wheel. She, her father Jose Cardoso, 44, and mother Adriana Baez Mellado, 45, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The 11-year-old, identified on a GoFundMe page as Jonathan, was flown to Cooper University Hospital.

Rosario Tlapa-Baez, who identified herself as the 11-year-old's cousin, told Jonathan was severely burned in the crash and suffered two broken legs and a broken wrist. The boy will likely be hospitalized for another month, Tlapa-Baez told

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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