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Driver Killed In Route 287 Crash

UPDATE: A driver who was ejected after his Jeep veered off Route 287 and into a tree early Saturday afternoon was pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said.

The Northstar helicopter takes off from Route 287 in Mahwah with the critically injured victim, headed for St. Joseph's University Hospital in Paterson.
The Northstar helicopter takes off from Route 287 in Mahwah with the critically injured victim, headed for St. Joseph's University Hospital in Paterson. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco
The Northstar helicopter takes off from Route 287 in Mahwah with the critically injured victim, headed for St. Joseph's University Hospital in Paterson on Saturday, May 13.
The Northstar helicopter takes off from Route 287 in Mahwah with the critically injured victim, headed for St. Joseph's University Hospital in Paterson on Saturday, May 13. Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

Vincent Infinito, 29, of Chester, was in traumatic arrest, unconscious but breathing, following the crash on the northbound highway near Campgaw Road in Mahwah -- north of Exit 59 -- shortly before 1 p.m. May 13, responders at the scene said.

Infinito's Jeep Wrangler had gone off the right side of the road and down an embankment, where it struck a tree, rotated counter-clockwise and ejected him, NJ State Police Sgt. Philip Curry said.

The highway was closed as a Northstar chopper landed, collected the victim and flew to St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, the sergeant said. Infinito was pronounced dead soon after.

New Jersey State Police are investigating the cause of the crash, Curry said.

Motorists were diverted off the northbound highway in Franklin Lakes, the sergeant said.

The northbound right lane then was closed for approximately four hours and the left intermittently throughout the investigation, clogging traffic for miles.

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