Bedminster, NJ mom, business owner dies in Florida car crash

A Bedminster woman was killed and her mother and daughter hospitalized in a head-on crash in Florida on Sunday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 59-year-old woman was a passenger in an SUV traveling west on State Highway 11 near Old Haw Creek Road in Bunnell, Florida at around 10:50 a.m.

The SUV collided with an eastbound car that drifted into their lane, police said. The woman whose identity has not been released by police who said she was one of three women in the SUV. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Business owner, wife and mother

A GoFundMe page identified the victim as Debbie Ashrafi and the others in the SUV as her 41-year-old daughter Shana, who was driving, and her 79-year-old mother Shirley. They are hospitalized in critical condition, according to the page.

“No one can believe that Debbie is no longer with her family and that their plans for their future together have come to an end. We are all heartbroken for them,” wrote Carleen Kelly, the page’s organizer.

Donations will be used to cover unforeseen travel and funeral expenses. The family also plans to make a donation to the ASPCA.

Ashrafi is also the owner of Hidden Brook Farm in Bedminster.

This is at least the second accident in Florida that has claimed the life of a New Jersey resident.

A 52-year-old man from Verona was killed on April 4 when his motorcycle ran over the sidewalk and overturned on the median while traveling on Vanderbilt Beach Road near Oakes Boulevard around 11 p.m.

Police have not released his identity pending the completion of the investigation.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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The franchise was born in 1967, under the name of New Jersey Americans. They played their games at Teaneck as part of the American Basketball Association. A year later they moved to Long Island, becoming the New York Nets.

It was there that the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The following year, the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA in a merger agreement, abolishing the ABA.

When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then, in 1981, they moved into the house many of us remember most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center).

After years of losing, the Nets reached back-to-back NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the last time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

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