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N.J. teen's "suicide-homicide" crash driven by bullying?

Srijan Saha
CBS New York

(CBS) EDISON, N.J. - Authorities say a 15-year-old New Jersey boy committed suicide by veering his car into oncoming traffic, killing two others as well, and now sources tell CBS New York that the teen may have been driven to commit suicide due to bullying.

Family friends have identified the deceased teen as Srijan Saha, reports CBS New York. He was reportedly a sophomore at John P. Stevens High School in Edison.

Police say the 15-year-old was driving along a highway around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when he swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into a Nissan Altima.

The teen was killed along with both men in the other car, driver Mohammed Zia, 46, and his brother-in-law Ali Behzad, 35, reports the station.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and Edison police said while the specific cause of the crash remained under investigation, it has been classified as a "suicide-homicide."

Saha's family told CBS New York they are overwhelmed with tremendous grief and are unable to speak about the tragedy. It is unclear how Saha, who was not old enough to have a license in New Jersey, got the keys to the family car.

Law enforcement sources tell the station that Saha left behind a message on his body, but have not revealed what it is.

Friends and fellow classmates at his high school said while Saha was outgoing, he had been withdrawn this year. Some say he may have been a victim of bullying, the station reports.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Edison Police Department at (732) 248-7529 or the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office at (732) 745-3373.

  • Stephanie Slifer

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