ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A 6-year-old boy was killed and six others were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Morris County Thursday night, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Sergeant Philip Curry.
The crash occurred at 7:45 p.m. on Interstate 80 eastbound at milepost 28.5 in Roxbury Township, Curry said.
A preliminary police investigation revealed that an unknown vehicle struck a 2012 Chevy Equinox, the Equinox then struck a Honda HRV. The HRV was then struck by a Nissan Altima and then the Equinox was struck by a Honda Passport, Curry said.
The unknown vehicle left the scene and has not been identified, Curry said.
Lorenzo Vandine, 6, of Budd Lake, a passenger in the HRV, sustained fatal injuries. There were 5 other people that suffered minor injuries and 1 person suffered moderate injury, Curry said.
I-80 eastbound was closed for approximately 2 hours resulting in major traffic congestion, Curry said.
This crash still remains under investigation, Curry said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the events leading to or following the crash is asked to contact Troop “B” Netcong Station at 973-347-1001. Anonymous tips are welcome.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Lorenzo’s funeral expenses.
According to the GoFundMe page created by Ashley Vandine, “My son and his uncle were in a horrible crash and unfortunately we had lost my son in a tragic very horrible way. I’m a single mom with not much money to make something beautiful for him to celebrate his loving life.”
“He was loved by many. He played lots of sports. He also was a kind hearted loving boy. Who wanted to be a cop when he grew up. He just started out wanting to be on master chef junior and always tried to make new things. He was my family’s love. And he knew how to make everyone’s day brighter,” Vandine said in the post.
The GoFundMe has set a goal of $30,000 and as of Friday morning, it has raised nearly $21,000. If you would like to donate, click here.