NEWARK, N.J. – A passenger who was killed while riding inside one of the NJ Transit buses that crashed in downtown Newark Friday has been identified as 48-year-old Jesy Garcia.
Essex County prosecutors said Saturday the Newark resident was one of two dead victims in the horrific T-bone collision.
Garcia was among the 20 passengers hurt in the crash. She was taken to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead several hours later.
The other victim was the driver of a vacant bus identified as 70-year-old Joe Barthelus. He was an employee for NJ Transit for 27 years until Friday’s crash.
The surviving driver has been identified as James Roberts, a 35-year NJ Transit employee who was treated at a hospital and released.
Both drivers were “in good standing” with New Jersey Transit, officials said.
Bathelus, driving a No. 59 bus, was traveling on Broad Street with no passengers onboard when it T-boned a No. 13 bus being driven by Roberts on Raymond Boulevard with about 20 passengers onboard, according to a NJ Transit spokesperson.The driver of the No. 59 bus was killed in the crash and several passengers in the other bus were hurt, NJ Transit said.
Officials have not announced a cause for the crash.
PIX11’s web producer Ashley Soley-Cerro and reporter Christie Duffy contributed to this report.