Man killed in New Jersy crash was ‘beloved’ principal in Pennsylvania

Man killed in New Jersy crash was ‘beloved’ principal in Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania school district with over 8,000 students is mourning the death of one of their principals, Sean Hughes, who was killed in a car crash while driving his son to a soccer game early Saturday morning, according to officials.

The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.m. in Winslow Township.

Hughes’ vehicle, a Ford SUV, collided with a Mercedes Benz SUV at the intersection of Hay Road and Fleming Pike, police said. Three people involved in the crash were taken to local hospitals, including Hughes’ 13-year-old son who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to school officials.

“Mr. Hughes was beloved by thousands of students who passed through the halls of Lower Merion over the years. He knew most of them by name and always had time to listen to their concerns, cheer them on and support their accomplishments,” Lower Merion Superintendent Khalid N. Mumin said in a statement released Saturday.

Hughes, 51, was taking his son to a soccer game, Mumin said. He is survived by his wife, daughter and other son.

All ten schools in the Lower Merion school district will be closed Monday in order to provide students support services, Mumin said.

The crash remains under investigation by members of the Winslow Township Police Department’s Highway Safety Unit.

An Edison man died following a car crash in Colts Neck early Sunday morning, authorities confirmed to NJ Advance Media.

The identity of the man, a passenger in the car, was not immediately available from authorities.

The driver of the car, a woman from Seaside Heights, was traveling southbound on State Highway 18 in the area of milepost 20.8 when she drove off road a few minutes before 3 a.m., said Chris Swendeman, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

“(Her) vehicle, a 2011 Mazda, traveled off the roadway to the right, collided with a tree, and overturned, coming to a final rest against another tree ending upside down in a drainage culvert,” Swendeman said.

Colts Neck Township Police responded to the accident. The passenger was pronounced dead on the scene, Swendeman said.

The driver was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening bodily injuries, police officials said. She was later listed as stable condition, authorities said.

The crash is under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team (SCART) and Colts Neck police.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information on the incident is asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kristian DeVito at 1-800-533-7443 or Colts Neck Police Officer Detective Sergeant Morgan Savage at 732-780-7323.

Elon Musk waded into yet another Twitter controversy on Sunday, the Tesla owner and world’s richest person responding to a tweet about tax from Senator Bernie Sanders by writing: “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”

Sanders, 80, wrote: “We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.”

Musk, 50, is also the owner of SpaceX and has a personal worth estimated at around $271bn, making him by some counts the richest person ever.

He also tweeted: “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word …”

Sanders did not immediately respond. Melissa Byrne, a progressive activist and former Sanders staffer, tweeted: “Folks, quit buying Tesla. Don’t reward abusive men.”

This week, Musk sold nearly $7bn of shares in Tesla, more than $5bn after asking Twitter followers to vote on whether he should do so and more than $1bn on Friday.

Jason Benowitz, senior portfolio manager at Roosevelt Investment Group in New York, told Reuters: “We expect the share sales will continue, as Musk holds millions of options worth billions of dollars that would otherwise expire worthless, and he has also prearranged share sales.”

Tesla’s share price fell after Musk’s Twitter followers said he should sell stock. But the shares remain hugely valuable.

Musk staged the Twitter poll to make a point about a “billionaires tax” proposed by Democrats in Congress, saying: “Note, I do not take a cash salary or bonus from anywhere. I only have stock, thus the only way for me to pay taxes personally is to sell stock.”

Proponents of the billionaires tax say they want to target “unrealised capital gains”, meaning rises in the value of stocks owned by ultra-rich Americans who currently pay very little in tax.

Sanders is a democratic socialist independent from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate. He rose to global prominence with strong runs for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020, losing out to Hillary Clinton and then Joe Biden.

As chair of the Senate budget committee and a champion of fairness in taxation, Sanders is pushing for Biden’s Build Back Better package of spending on health and social care and climate crisis mitigation to make it out of Congress and into law.

Build Back Better would be funded by tax increases on corporations and the very wealthy. The billionaires tax is not part of the package but its chief proponent, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, condemned Musk’s Twitter stunt last week.

Saying he wanted to “ensure billionaires pay tax every year, just like working Americans”, Wyden added: “Whether or not the world’s wealthiest man pays any taxes at all shouldn’t depend on the results of a Twitter poll.

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