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Harvard Student Killed, Several Injured in New Jersey Turnpike Crash

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Posted on Mar 07, 2014

A three-vehicle accident on the NJ Turnpike has left one Harvard University student dead and three other students injured as they returned to the University from a competition in Virginia.

The accident occurred around 12:35 a.m. on February 10, 2014. According to state police, Angela R. Mathew was riding as a passenger in a northbound 2012 Chrysler Town and Country with several other students when the vehicle suddenly crossed multiple lanes.

The minivan struck a guardrail near milepost 60.5 in Robbinsville before it swerved back into the center lane, where it was hit by a tractor-trailer. A second tractor-trailer came up behind the wreck and tried to swerve to avoid colliding with the van, but instead struck the first tractor-trailer.

Mathew, a junior at Harvard and originally from Albuquerque, NM, was ejected from the vehicle during the accident. She was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Three other passengers whose names have not yet been released were taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment of non-critical injuries, according to state police.

According to an online biography, 20-year-old Mathew was majoring in neurobiology, wrote for The Harvard Crimson student newspaper and was President of the Harvard College Science Club for Girls. Interim undergraduate dean Donald Pfister notified all Harvard University students of the tragic accident in an email after details had been confirmed.

The cause of the crash has not yet been identified, as police are still investigating the details of the accident. It is not yet known if alcohol, drug use, or drowsy driving played a part in the crash.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends, and urge drivers to stay as safe as possible when traveling on busy roads overnight.

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