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Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Under Investigation in Branchburg


Somerset County officials announced an ongoing investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Branchburg male resident.

Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated that on Friday, October 8, at approximately 8:21 p.m. Branchburg Township Police responded to a single motor vehicle crash on Fairview Drive, Branchburg Township.  

According to Prosecutor Robertson, responding officers along with emergency medical personnel upon arrival to the crash scene initiated life-saving measures on a male passenger from the vehicle who was ejected from the car.  

The male front seat passenger identified as Branchburg Township resident, 17-year-old Vincent R. Gagliardi, was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that the preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle, 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.  

According to the investigation, the vehicle was occupied by a total of 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.  

The circumstances and events leading to the fatal motor vehicle remain under investigation.  

Somerset County Officials request anyone with information relating to the fatal motor vehicle crash to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office at (908) 231-7100.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). 

All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.