Harvard Undergraduate Killed, Three Injured in Accident

A Harvard University undergraduate was killed and three others were injured when a minivan they were riding in was hit by a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The students, members of the Harvard Mock Trial Association, were returning to Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from a competition in Virginia when the accident occurred, Interim College Dean Donald Pfister said today in an e-mail to students. Angela Mathew, a junior who had been studying neurobiology, died in the crash, Pfister said.

“She was a very bright, talented young woman,” Pfister said. “Our hearts are broken.”

The accident happened after midnight in Robbinsville Township, Trooper Jeff Flynn of the New Jersey State Police said today in a telephone interview. A 2012 Chrysler Town & Country the victims were riding in bounced off a guardrail and into the center lane, where it was struck by the tractor trailer. Three people were taken to a hospital in Trenton, one of them with serious injuries, he said.

Six Harvard students were in the vehicle along with Mathew, Pfister said.

“This is a terrible tragedy that has affected all of us in the college,” Pfister said. “Please keep the students, their families and their friends in your thoughts.”

Harvard’s Mock Trial Association participates in competitions throughout the country in which students take on the roles of attorneys and witnesses. Harvard’s group has won the national championship in its division in 2006, 2007 and 2010, according to its website.

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