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West Orange Child Dies in Wyoming Car Accident

Officials: 11-year-old a student at Thomas A. Edison Central Six School

An 11-year-old West Orange child died Saturday evening after the van he was in allegedly was struck twice at the corner of Wyoming and Lenox avenues in South Orange, according to officials.

Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, confirmed that Nikhil Badlani sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at 5:52 p.m. at University Hospital in Newark. Authorities originally reported Nikhil's last name as Badlami.

The crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. and involved three vehicles. According to early reports, the van was struck by a Toyota Prius that failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. The van then rolled over and was struck again by an oncoming car.

West Orange Board of Education President Laura Lab confirmed Badlani was a sixth-grade student at Thomas A. Edison Central Six School. She said school officials are working to set up a crisis management team for parents, teachers and students on Sunday and Monday.  

It appears that the child's father was driving the dark-colored mini-van and that the 11-year-old was a passenger, according to preliminary reports. The father and another person, whose identity was not released, were both injured, though their injuries were not life-threatening. They were taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The accident happened on the South Orange/Maplewood border. The identities of the other drivers were not released. It was also unknown whether any summonses would be issued as a result of the accident or whether alcohol or weather conditions played a role in the fatal crash.

Wyoming Avenue was closed between Lenox Avenue and West End Road Saturday afternoon as police investigated. Emergency personnel from both South Orange and Maplewood assisted at the scene.

The story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Brooke Reinstein June 12, 2011 at 03:24 PM
I didn't even know him but I feel so sad. R.I.P
Sherley Jean-Baptiste June 12, 2011 at 03:26 PM
I can't think of anything worse that can happen to a family. The community shares your loss.
Ashley Kuglin June 12, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Although he wasn't my friend I knew him from Science and Math Enrichment. Rest in peace Nikhil
Romina Amedrano June 12, 2011 at 03:39 PM
I may not have known you that well. But you were a nice kid. rest in peace nikhil . you will never be forgotten and will always be missed. </3
Kenya Rendon June 12, 2011 at 04:15 PM
You went to my school last year. You were going to be in the Spelling Bee, and you were suppose to go to Frog Bridge. I had science, advisory, & language arts with you. Rest in Peace, you will be missed.</3
Sara Laine June 12, 2011 at 04:42 PM
I never got to get to know you Nikhil, but I know you were an awesome stepfather in Twinderella. I know that you were a nice person, but I never talked to you. We were on diffrent teams. Rest in peace Nikhil your in a better place now.
Zariah McNair June 12, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Nikhil was the evil stepfather in the twinderella play and i wut the cruel stepmother. we always had fun back stage. it seemed like yesterday when we had our big twinderella group hug. those were the good times. i will always remeber nikhil aka evil stepfather. R.I.P NIKHIL Zariah McNair
Emma Scalora June 12, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Nkhil wasnt just any student. He was in hap, wind ensamble, and even in drama. I remeber being in lainguage arts class and nikhil telling mrs. jackson he wanted to read his 10 page essay. even though he was only in two classes of mine he was well known on the orange team. We will miss you a lot. You wil always be apart of edison no matter were you are. Rest in peace nikihil. Edison we miss you !!
Amanda Scalora June 12, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Nikhil was a great student and everyone will really miss him in edison...... nikhil was like my best friend and even if i didnt go to elementary school with him, he was one of my best friends. I remember all the times in band when divya, nikhil and i were talking about weird stuff. Like we were talking about he was supposed to be in another play...speaking of plays he also he did a great job in twinderella and he made it a play that no one will ever forget..and so did the whole cast:) but you can never forget the spelling bee in our advisory! Also even if i was like the leader of all the projects, nikhil always helped me alot and so did the rest of the class in advisory. In band , nikhil sat one seat behind me, in advisory he sat one seat in front of me directly next to jonathan banks, and in math enrichment he sat a few seats away from me. Nikhil was a great no a best friend and will truly be missed. RIP nikhil....and even if edison is over in 8 days... your memorance will stay there forver. Rest in peace nikhil and again you will truly be missed by all the teachers, fellow students, and everyone one!
Mary Jane Potts June 12, 2011 at 06:38 PM
My family met Nikhil and his family through Boy Scout Troop 6. We will always remember his smile and his eagerness to learn and help others. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We will never forget him.
Zhara Baksh June 12, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Ok, today when I got the forward about this I totally freaked so i go and look it up and boom I find out Nikhil isn't alive anymore! That was way to surreal for me and I hadn't processed it until I get in the car with my mom we where going to pick my grandma up from work and then I break down into tears. The night before i got the forward I was thinking about fruitables and remember Nikhil saying "I love fruitables they're so fruity!" in a high pitch five year old voice I recorded it too! Anyway after I processed the entire thing I remembered now drama club is and always will be a huge and happy family so when I found this out it was like losing a brother. Nikhil is in a better place and will always be loved and missed not only by drama club but everyone else! I hope you genuinely rest in peace and stay happy! Edison Middle School Loves you Nikhil !
Tiana Rodriguez June 12, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Omg I feel so bad for him and his family I hope they are all ok
Tiana Rodriguez June 12, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Although I didn't know Nikhil I knew he was very smart and played the best stepfather ever I give his family my respect rest in peace Nikhil Bandlani you are in a better place right now
Bukola Akinsola June 12, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Nikhil was not just a student at EMS, He Was In HAP, Wind Ensamble, And Drama. It Breaks My Heart To See Such Talent Go To Waste. He Had So Much Going For Him. Spanish Will NEver Be The Same Without Him. R.I.P. Nikhil,We Will Miss You. </3
Pat Isaacs June 12, 2011 at 09:45 PM
Nikhil was in West Orange Boy Scout Troop 6. I am an adult volunteer with the Troop and got to know him at Boy Scout Camp. At camp, Nikhil was always where he was supposed to be and doing what he was supposed to be doing. I know he would have made Eagle but now he has Angel wings. Will miss you Nikhil.
Tatyana M. June 12, 2011 at 10:08 PM
I might have not been friends with Nikhil but I had drama with him and he was really funny. Nikhil you will be deeply remembered at Edison not just for 8 days but forever. R.I.P. Nikhil.
Andrew Scheib June 12, 2011 at 11:11 PM
I've known Nikhil since preschool and I remember going fossil hunting with him. He was always fun haveing around and was a very smart kid. I remember being at one of his birthdays when Nikhil's dad showed all the kids a cool science experent that amazed all of us. This year I had recently started talking to him again since we both haden't seen each other since we were like 5 years old. He even remembered me when we both saw each other in the band room. Rest In Peace. "You will always be remembered."
Austin B. June 12, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Nikhil strived to do the best. He never failed to succeed in everything he did. Just this past Friday our math teacher was talking about being a good student and he called out Nikhil and said how he was the good kind of student. I was in Gym, Science, HAP, Band, Spanish, Math, and Language Arts with him, probably more than most people. He may be lost from our world, but not in our hearts and thoughts. RIP Nikhil
Bridget Cunningham June 13, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Nikhil was in my Writing Process class, 2nd marking period, along with Wind Ensemble. I always thought that he put very much empathy into his writing & acting skills. He preformed in Twinderella as the Evil Step-Father, & played his part very well. Smart Kid. It is such a tragedy that he has passed, but friends & family will forever remember him in our hearts. EMS will miss you well. God will keep you safe. -Bridget Cunningham.
Ariel Lee June 13, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Although i didnt know Nikhil, may he still rest in peace. Plus, he did a freaking good job in Twinderella. R.I.P Nikhil
c-jay onyechi June 13, 2011 at 02:37 AM
you no nikhil was a good guy i was a shock wen i heard he died he was cool and persistant hes so smart i couldnt even be his assistant i didnt want him to go he was really funny ithat twinnderella show wow wat a shame the guy who hit him is reallyl lame
c-jay onyechi June 13, 2011 at 02:40 AM
<33 is all i can say he is remembered on this tragic day god bless this man and all of the land -c-jay onyechi
Ryan Carraha June 13, 2011 at 03:15 AM
I cant explain how much hearing this upset me life can be so unfair one minute your having a normal life and the next BAM! Nikhil rest in peace your were the smartest kid i knew i hope you find joy in heaven god bless you Nikhil god bless you.
MMIRCHANDANI June 13, 2011 at 06:07 PM
We are from the same Indian community, living in a town next to West Orange. While we did not know the family, we have friends who do know them quite well. We have heard that Nikhil was a great child, a smart child, and a model citizen. Sadly we will not have the opportunity to meet or know him. Our deepest sympathies to his parents, family and dear friends. May he rest in peace and may God give his family and loved ones the strenght to endure this untimely loss.
Rohan Abraham June 13, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Nikhal was the smartest kid i have ever known. I used to think in my mind no wonder hes in HAP. Our moms were also really good friends. EMS will always be with you and you will be loved and missed. R.I.P NIKHAL -Rohan Abraham
Jackie Taylor June 14, 2011 at 01:34 PM
RIP!!!!!!!! A lost of an amazing young man.
D'Aundra June 18, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Wow. It hurts so much that my friend died. Nikhil was smart talented and funny. He made my school year at EMS & Gregory so much happier. I can recall many times when Nikhil would cheer me and other people up. He was a awesome actor dancer and musician. I remeber I went to his house one time and I played one of my piano pieces for him. He found it very interesting. Then he played me BACH. Seriously. I could tell that nikhil was smart. He wuz also funny! He made me laugh in chourus at Gregory. I know this must hurt his parent very much. They told his little brother Anay, that Nikhil went on a vacation and his never coming back. Nikhil will always live in our hearts. I remeber at his funeral, they said do nice things to help Nikhils spirt rest in peace. Let's do that by always remembering Nikhil and never ever forget him. Bye Nikhil. We love you. <|3 -D'Aundra Delapenha
Denaeya June 19, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Since I dint know him but u had net him on friday he wad cool and a nice person to talk to much luv nikhil we all know sewher in edison your watching over us anf blessing us god bless your soul r.i.p nikhil we luv u
Denaeya June 19, 2011 at 03:23 PM
We luv u nikhil well never
Sanjay Hingorany September 15, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Sunil & Family, sorry to hear about your loss. Our heartfelt condolences are with you all. Sanjay & Poonam Hingorany

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