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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.

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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