NEWARK, N.J. –– A New Jersey high school student returning from prom was struck and killed by a tractor trailer, authorities said Friday.
Christopher Gibbs, 17, a senior at Barringer High School in Newark, was on his way home when a truck crossing McCarter Highway hit him near 4th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, according to acting Essex County prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and public safety director Anthony Ambrose.
According to NJ.com Gibbs was senior class president and “a beloved member of his school community at Barringer.”
They said the driver of the tractor trailer stopped and called for help and attempted to help Gibbs. The teen, who was supposed to graduate later in June, was taken to a hospital where he died at 12:24 a.m. Friday.
Friends of Gibbs remember him as kind and ambitious, according to NJ.com.
“He was an upstanding guy who always cared for others and made jokes. He was always thinking of the future and aiming high,” former Barringer student George Williams told the website.
It is with deep sadness that I share we lost our beloved Chris Gibbs last night after prom. Chris was accidentally struck by a vehicle while crossing Route 21 by his house. Always with a smile and a hug, Chris lit up our school with his kindness and friendship. Please keep his family and each other in your thoughts and prayers. 💙🐾
No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.
The investigation into Gibbs’ death is ongoing.