The Star Ledger
Author: Bill Swayze
Date: February 22, 2003
Friends and family of a Fairleigh-Dickinson
University senior who was killed in a car crash
in Madison said the 21-year-old marketing major
was a happy-go-lucky student with big plans after
of the Gillette section of Long Hill, was eager
to move to Miami, having already enrolled in an
advertising school there. He was going to head
south right after his May graduation at FDU's
Florham Park campus, his 22-year-old sister
"He was really
looking forward to going to Miami," she said
yesterday. "He was such a good person with a
great bunch of friends."
Cummings lost control of
his white 1988 Toyota MR2 while traveling east on
Madison Avenue, also known as Route 124, near the
entrance to the Giralda Farms corporate office
campus about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, police Captain
John Trevena said.
Cummings' car crossed the
roadway into the westbound lanes and he appeared
to have been trying to swerve back to his side of
the road when an oncoming car crashed into the
driver's side of his vehicle, Trevena said.
The student was pronounced
dead at the scene. The driver of the westbound
car, Patrizia Giassa, 43, of Chatham, was taken
to Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was
treated and released, authorities said.
Trevena said police do not
suspect alcohol was involved in the crash and are
awaiting the results of toxicology tests. Both
drivers, who were in their cars alone, were
wearing seat belts.
Trevena also noted many
drivers saw the accident, but did not stop to
provide police with witness accounts. As a
result, police do not know why Cummings lost
control of the car. Police suspect Cummings might
have been cut off by another driver, or Cummings
swerved too far to stay away from the snow at his
side of the roadway, Trevena said. Anyone with
information is asked to call police at (973)
Ashley Cummings and her
brother's roommate since freshman year, Ian
Bouie, 21, of Plainfield, said they do not know
where Adrian Cummings was heading at the time of
the crash. Bouie noted friends of the Watchung
Hills Regional High School graduate were
gathering yesterday to plan a memorial service on
the college campus. Funeral arrangements also
were being planned.
Cummings, who was a Lenny
Kravitz and Bob Marley fan and took pride in his
physique, working out at a gym four times a week,
was "very outgoing, carefree and
happy-go-lucky. He was such a great guy. A class
act," Bouie said.
Besides his sister, he is
survived by his parents, two grandfathers and a
Story: Victim in fatal crash identified
By Minauti Dave, Daily
The victim of a two-car
crash on Madison Avenue Thursday was identified
Friday as Adrian Cummings, a 21-year-old
Fairleigh Dickinson University student.
Police said Cummings, of
Long Hill, lost control of his car and crashed
into an oncoming vehicle.
He was leaving the
university's Florham Park campus and his 1988
Toyota MR2 was eastbound on Madison Avenue near
Danforth Road, police said, when his car crossed
into the westbound lane for an undetermined
reason. It collided with a 2002 Audi driven by
Patrizia Giassa, 43, of Chatham.
The front end of the Audi
struck the Toyota on the driver's side door area,
causing severe head injuries to Cummings, police
said. The Madison Fire Department used the Jaws
of Life to free Cummings from his car.
Paramedics from Morristown
Memorial Hospital were dispatched, and Cummings
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both her seatbelt and a
driver's side airbag prevented Giassa from
suffering serious injuries. She was taken to
Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she was
treated for minor injuries and released.
Toxicology test results
are pending as the investigation continues, but
police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol
caused the accident. Road conditions, speed and
equipment failure do not appear to have
contributed to the accident, police said.