Summit police officer identified as driver killed in I-78 crash

By Tom Haydon

BERNARDS — The driver killed in a three-car crash Tuesday morning on I-78 was a Summit police officer on his way work, authorities said.

Matthew Tarentino, 29 and a father of two children, was driving eastbound when a car veered from the westbound lanes across the grassy median into oncoming traffic and hit two other cars, authorities said.

“With great sadness, the City of Summit Police Department announces the death of police Officer Matthew Tarentino at 6:20 a.m.,” Summit police said in the statement.

“His devotion to his job and the community was unmatched,” Summit Mayor Nora Radest said. “This is a tremendous loss for the city.”

Radest said Tarentino was the department’s D.A.R.E. officer and was scheduled to participate in a graduation ceremony for the program Tuesday for Summit’s fifth grade students.

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