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Prosecutor: Authorities investigating 3-car crash that left one dead in Somerset County

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating a three-car crash that left one dead in Franklin Township Monday, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

The crash happened on June 19, at around 5:30 p.m., at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Hillcrest Avenue, McDonald said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Mario Heslop, 23, of New Brunswick was operating a 2013 Infiniti Q50S eastbound in the left lane when he crossed the centerline and struck the second vehicle, driven by a Hillsborough resident, who was traveling westbound in the left lane on Hamilton Street, McDonald said.

The second vehicle was then struck from the rear by the third vehicle involved in the crash, who was also traveling westbound in the left lane on Hamilton Street, McDonald said.

Heslop was transported to an area trauma hospital where he was pronounced dead, McDonald said.

The Hillsborough resident suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported and treated at an area hospital, McDonald said.

The driver of the third vehicle, who was not identified, was not injured and refused medical attention at the scene, McDonald said.

The circumstances and events leading to the fatal motor vehicle crash remain under investigation, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to the fatal crash to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 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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