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Authorities investigate Somerset County crash that killed 17-year-old boy

BRANCHBURG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in the death of a 17-year-old teen Friday night in Branchburg Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The single-vehicle crash happened on October 8, at around 8:21 p.m., on Fairview Drive, Robertson said.

Responding officers along with emergency medical personnel arrived at the crash scene and initiated life saving measures on 17-year-old Vincent R. Gagliardi of Branchburg Township, who was the front seat passenger, and was ejected from the car, Robertson said.

Gagliardi, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Robertson said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Toyota Scion was being operated westbound on Fairview Drive prior to the motor vehicle crash, which consisted of striking several roadside objects across several hundred feet of roadway, Robertson said.

The vehicle was occupied with a total three occupants at the time of the crash. The driver and rear seat passenger were evaluated and treated at the scene, and refused further medical treatment, Robertson said.

Detectives from the Branchburg Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, and the Major Crimes Unit responded to conduct the investigation, Robertson said.

“The circumstances and events leading to the fatal motor vehicle remain under investigation,” Robertson said.

Anyone with information relating to the fatal motor vehicle crash to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office 908-231-7100 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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