MOUNTAIN LAKE, NJ (TIP): A Mountain Lakes man was arrested Saturday, July 11 morning by the New Jersey State Police for allegedly causing a chain reaction crash on Route 80 that killed a man, a woman and a baby.
Bhavuk Uppal, 22, of Mountain Lakes, was charged with three counts of death by auto, two counts of assault by auto, causing death or injury while driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia and DWI, State Police spokesperson Sgt. Jeff Flynn said.
According to the preliminary investigation and the State Police report, Bhavuk Uppal, 22, of Mountain Lakes was driving a 2014 Cadillac Escalade in the left-center lane when he struck the Kia, which then impacted the Jeep, causing the Kia to become “fully engulfed” in flames. Uppal’s Cadillac then ran off of the right side of the roadway and overturned in a grass embankment.
The Kia became fully engulfed in flames after the crash, Flynn said. The three occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene at 4 a.m.
According to Morris County prosecutors, Uppal has a long history of motor vehicle violations.
“He has infractions for speeding, unsafe driving, driving without a license, fictitious plates, reckless driving, driving while suspended, and he’s been involved in multiple crashes,” says Prosecutor Matthew Brown) -Courtesy News 12
Uppal is lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $750,000 bail with no 10-percent option.