Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Man Indicted for Causing the Death of Three and Injuring Two in July 2015 Crash on Route 80

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that a Morris County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Bhavuk Uppal, 23, with a last known address in Mountain Lakes, charging him with various crimes related to the July 11, 2015, motor vehicle crash on Route 80 in Morris County that left three dead and two injured.

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During the early morning hours of July 11, 2015, a motor vehicle crash occurred involving multiple vehicles on Route 80 westbound in Rockaway Township.

Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that defendant, Bhavuk Uppal, crashed his motor vehicle into the rear of one vehicle, which then caused that vehicle to collide with another vehicle in front of it.

The crash resulted in the death of the three occupants in the first vehicle struck, and injuries to the two occupants in the second vehicle.

It is alleged that the defendant operated his vehicle recklessly, and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.

It is also alleged that at the time of this incident, Mr. Uppal was operating a vehicle recklessly, in part, by speeding, driving while having a suspended license, and being under the influence of alcohol and narcotics.

On May 19,  a Morris County Grand Jury returned an indictment formally charging him with three counts of aggravated manslaughter, three counts of death by auto, three counts of death caused while driving with a suspended license, two counts of assault by auto, and two counts of unlawful taking of means of conveyance.

Rte 80The defendant previously was charged by way of a summons-complaint with possession of a hypodermic needle, a disorderly persons offense that is related to this incident.

Mr. Uppal remains in custody at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morris Township, with a bail set at $750,000 cash, bond or property.

Members of the New Jersey State Police and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit contributed to this ongoing investigation and prosecution.

If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.

 

Despite this indictment, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Media inquiries should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at 973-285-6215 or [email protected]