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UPDATE: 17-Year-Old Union High School ROTC Student Killed in I-78 Watchung Crash

Watchung Union Township (Union)

NJ State Police officials identified the victim of a fatal crash on I-78 in Watchung as a 17-year-old boy from Union.

According to Sergeant Jeff Flynn, Anthony Steitz, 17, of Union Township was traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-78 when the car he was driving left the right side of the highway and slammed into several trees before coming to a rest in the grassy area.

Steitz was transported to an area hospital suffering severe injuries then later pronounced dead.

According to reports, Steitz was a Union High school junior ROTC student and returning home from the Military Ball. State Police officials said he just turned 17-years-old in January.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.