Fatal Thanksgiving Accident Still Under Investigation

Twenty-year-old woman killed in I-78 crash identified as a Florida resident.

State police in Trenton say an investigation continues into the one-car crash along Interstate 78 early Thanksgiving morning that killed two women and injured two brothers, both of whom remained hospitalized on Monday.

One of the women who died, Natasha Melendez, 20, was identified by state police Public Information Officer Sgt. Adam Grossman as being a resident of Green Acres, Fl.

One Monday, Grossman said that the circumstances of the accident, which also killed Tonya Gordon, 44, of Somerville, are still being actively investigated by state police, including troopers from the Somerville barracks and the fatal accident investigation unit, and also by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, which is involved in all fatal accidents.

Grossman said early on Thanksgiving morning that Davante Gordon, 20, of Somerville, Tonya Gordon's son, had been driving westbound when he lost control of his Nissan Maxima near mile marker 33.8. The vehicle apparently ran off the left side of the road and hit two trees at about 2:30 a.m., state police reported then.

Grossman said Gordon was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center with critical injuries. A hospital spokesman confirmed on Monday afternoon that he remained in the hospital.

A male passenger in the car, 11-year-old Jahmir Herrin of Somerville, who was Davante Gordon's brother, suffered moderate injuries and also was transported to Morristown Medical Center, according to Grossman. A hospital spokesman confirmed on Monday that the younger brother also remained in the hospital as of early afternoon.

Gordon and Melendez had been pronounced dead at the scene, Grossman said on Thanksgiving.


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