College Student Dead in School Bus Crash

A 22-year-old college student is dead after he slammed his vehicle into a school bus as it was leaving campus early Saturday morning.

In a letter posted to Rider University's website, School President Mordechai Rozanski wrote, "It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I confirm the tragic loss of Rider Student, Eliseo Diaz, who was killed early this morning in an automobile accident near the entrance to campus."

Witnesses say Diaz's vehicle was speeding on Route 206 near the south entrance of Rider University in Lawrence, N.J. around 2:15 a.m. when it crashed into a school bus that was exiting the campus.

"We extend our sincerest condolences to his family and friends," Rozanski wrote.

Diaz was a Union City resident.

The car did not have its lights on while it sped past campus, according to witnesses.

The bus, one of four that had recently dropped students at the campus, had no passengers on board when the accident occurred and the bus driver was not injured.

Counselors are available to students at the Zoerner House, according to the school website.

No charges have been filed in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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