Rutgers Student Killed in Turnpike

One Rutgers student was killed and another was injured when they were struck by an oncoming vehicle while changing a tire on the shoulder of the N.J.Turnpike on March 21, according to

Santa Pumpura, a 21-year-old junior at Rutgers University’s School of Business, was pronounce dead at approximately 8:02 p.m. on route to the hospital, according to

Halim Habib, a 23-year-old Rutgers senior enrolled in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but is stable as of Saturday March 22, according to

The students were traveling on the N.J.Turnpike when they pulled over onto the right shoulder to change a flat tire on Pumpura’s M35 Infiniti. They were hit when a 2011 Dodge Caravan swerved off onto the shoulder where it crashed into the student’s parked vehicle, killing one student and critically injuring the other at 6:52 p.m.

No charges have been filed against the 58-year-old driver from Basking Ridge but the investigation into thecause is ongoing, according to

Rutgers President Robert Barchi sent a university-wide email to students, faculty, and staff on March 22, addressing the tragic accident, according to

“Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and friends and to the injured student and his family and friends,” wrote Barchi.

In an article published by, friends saidPumpura was known as the “thinker” among her group of friends and spoke English, Russian, Latvian, and German. She independently bought her Infinity M35 and was an A student. Her friends described her as a “go-getter,” according to