Bloomfield man dies after crash in park


Essex County authorities are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading to a single-vehicle crash in Branch Brook Park on June 22 that killed the driver.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Sheriff Armando Fontoura said that sheriff’s officers were sent to the Mill St. area of the park at about 10:30 a.m. on a report of a motor vehicle accident.

Arriving officers observed that a lone vehicle had apparently lost control and crashed into some trees.

The driver, later identified as Israel Rosario Jr., 44, of Bloomfield, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, where he was pronounced dead at 11:37 a.m.

Last week, Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the county prosecutor’s office, said: “The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but we are looking into the possibility that the victim suffered a medical event prior to the crash.”

An obituary notice published on the website of Shook Funeral Home, Clifton, said that Rosario Jr., also known as “Tes,” was born in Passaic and lived there and in Garfield before moving to Bloomfield 15 years ago and was the owner of Audio Trendz in Lodi for the past five years. He is survived by his wife Luz Rivera-Rosario; three children, Cheyenne, Shane Diego and Jazmin; a brother, Javier, of Passaic; a sister, Brigette, of Clifton; and a grandson.

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