UPDATE: 19-Year-Old Somerset Man Killed In Crash On Cedar Grove Lane Remembered As ‘Quiet,’ ‘Well-Liked’


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The 19-year-old Somerset man who was killed May 22 after he was involved in a head-on automobile accident on Cedar Grove Lane was remembered by a former principal as being well-liked and quiet.

Kevin Maskall was killed shortly before 9 p.m. when the car he was driving crashed head-on into another auto. Two Somerset residents in the other car, Christine Fellin, 44, and an unnamed 46-year-old man, were taken to Robert Wood ohnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, with serious injuries, police said.

Diane Ziegler, principal of the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School in Bridgewater, said she remembered Maskall from the year-and-a-half he studied there, from 2012 to 2013.

“He was a well-liked student,” she said. “His grades were good.”

Ziegler said Maskall was enrolled in the electrical construction program, although he did not graduate.

Ziegler said Maskall participated in the work-study program where he could work in his field of study, outside the school, and earn credits while earning money.

“He seemed to enjoy learning the career program he was studying with us,” she said.

Ziegler several students and teachers who knew Maskall were “very upset” over the news of his death.

Maskall was also a student of the township school district, according to district spokeswoman Mary Clark.

In a statement, Clark said, “Kevin Maskall was a student of the Franklin Township Public School District, a member of the Class of 2013. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. The building level crisis counseling team will prove support services to our students as needed.”

According to a release from Franklin Township Police Sgt. Philip Rizzo, Maskall was driving his 2004 Honda Element north on Cedar Grove Lane, just south of Weston Road, shortly before  9 p.m. when he crossed into the southbound lane to pass another car. Maskall’s car then crashed head-on with Fellin’s 2010 Honda Pilot.

Fellin and her passenger, an unnamed 46-year-old Somerset resident, were trapped in the car after the accident, as was Maskall, police said. Police said Maskall’s car ended up on its side after the collision.

Firefighters from Somerset Fire and Rescue Company responded to extricate the victims, police said, and emergency medical personnel from East Millstone Volunteer First Aid Squad and Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital treated the injured. The Franklin-Somerset First Aid Squad also responded and transported two patients to Robert Wood Johnson, according to squad member Evan Shegoski.

The victims were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, with serious injuries.

Maskall was pronounced dead upon arriving at the hospital, police said.

Cedar Grove Lane was shut down in both directions for approximately four hours while members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CART) and Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau investigated the crash, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. Michael Deutchman of the Franklin Township Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at (732) 873- 5533 ext. 3110 or the Prosecutor’s Office TIPS Hotline at (888) 577-TIPS(8477).

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