Memorial Day Weekend Fatal Crashes in NJ

South Brunswick–South Brunswick police have identified the two people killed in the Memorial Day crash, which occurred Monday morning on Rt. 130 near Wheeling Road.

Michael Santana, 24, of Staten Island and Zarine Arshakyan, 55, of Lawrenceville, were identified as the two people who died in the crash. They were driving in two different cars. The crash was reported at 7:37 a.m. Monday and shut down Rt. 130 in both directions for eight hours on the holiday.

According to South Brunswick police, the crash occurred when Santana, driving a 2016 Nissan headed northbound on Rt. 130, lost control of his vehicle, spun out, crossed the median, and slammed head-on into Arshakyan’s car as it traveled south. Both cars came to rest in the southbound side of the highway. Arshakyan’s vehicle was then sideswiped by a 2013 Honda driven by Astra Witty, 40, of Scotch Plains. Witty was not injured in the crash.

Traffic investigators say speed was a factor in the initial crash. The crash continued to cause a chain reaction: A separate two-car crash took place near the scene as other drivers tried to avoid the initial fatal crash.

North Brunswick– A 19-year-old Jamesburg young woman was killed in a fatal Rt. 1 car crash in North Brunswick early Sunday morning.

The young woman has been identified as Felicity Eden, 19, from Jamesburg, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

The crash involved three cars and occurred at approximately 4:11 a.m. on Rt. 1 south in the area of the North Brunswick Walmart, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor. According to her obituary, she worked as a dietary aide with Care One in East Brunswick.

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