Duncan Smythe was driving to a Fourth of July gathering at a friend’s home in Sussex County when he saw a car veer across the road on Route 80 and strike a Toyota on the shoulder with a great amount of force.
The driver of the vehicle on the shoulder, Michael O’Brien, was outside of his car adjusting his bicycle when he was struck by Mary Potts, 72, and killed instantly. A rear passenger in O’Brien’s car, Mary Briggs, was critically injured and taken to Morristown Medical Center.
Smythe pulled Mary Potts and her passenger out from her car, which was fully engulfed in 90 seconds.
Tyrone Heard was found in his first-floor apartment at the Seth Boyden Apartments when firefighters went in to extinguish the blaze, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D.
Laurino and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said.
He was pronounced dead at 1:33 a.m. after officials were notified of the fire at 12:55 a.m., authorities said.
The cause of Heard’s death is pending an autopsy.
The Newark Fire Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the blaze.
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