Andrew Benavente Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Killed in a car accident with two children in Andover


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Andrew Benavente, a retired police officer, and his two children were killed in a car crash as he was on his way to pick up his longtime fiancé from work when a Jeep swerved into the oncoming lane causing a head-on collision.

Digna Melendez-Benavente was waiting for Andrew Benavente and their two children, AJ, 13, and Madelyn 5, on Friday afternoon in Andover, NJ. But after two calls confirming her family was on their way, they never showed up. Minutes before the fatal crash, Madelyn Face-times her mother to say, ‘We’re coming Mommy!’ Andrew then called to say: ‘We’re on our way, baby!’ But instead of their expected arrival, Digna got another call with the earth-shattering news that her family had been killed in a car accident when Andrew’s 2001 Ford Ranger pickup truck was struck by Bruce Cseh, 22, who had crossed the double yellow lines into the wrong lane of traffic.

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Andrew Benavente was 35 years old.

Andrew Benavente killed in a car accident with two children in Andover

Andrew, a retired Newark police officer, Madelyn, and AJ were all killed in the crash. Cseh was extricated from the crash scene but died later of internal injuries. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by local law enforcement. Andover Township Police Chief Eric Danielson, who was among the first to respond to the scene, said the case is just beginning, but there were several eyewitnesses who said it appeared Cseh’s Keep ‘crossed fully into the oncoming lane.’ Authorities plan to recover the 2021 Jeep’s ‘black box,’ which should have collected information during and before a crash – including speed, brakes, steering pattern, and airbag deployment. Danielson called the accident the worst, in terms of fatalities, that he has encountered.


A devastated Digna Benavente spoke Sunday of her immense love for her family. ‘My babies were precious. My husband was precious. People all over the world wish they had what I had,’ she told Both of her pregnancies had been hard fought after the couple battled a series of issues relating to infertility. Digna and Andrew were together for 15 years in a relationship she described as ‘perfect.’ There was no better father than Andrew. It was important to me to find the one that would be the best father. He was the best of the best. He took care of all of us,’ she recalled. Edwin Melendez, Digna’s brother, said Andrew had been ‘a big teddy bear of a man with a loving heart.’ He was always smiling. He was our rock. He didn’t deserve an end like this.’ He added that his sister and brother-in-law truly were a picture-perfect happy couple. ‘They were always having get-togethers. They used any excuse to gather the family together and make parties.’

Edwin launched a GoFundMe page to help provide his sister with financial support for the pending funeral costs. I don’t know what it will be like to bury three people at the same time. I love my sister. I don’t know what else to do for her. She’s got nobody now,’ he said mournfully. Madelyn, who was due to graduate kindergarten in just a few weeks, will be buried in the dress her mother bought her for the occasion.

The tragic crash was the first fatal accident in Sussex County in 2023, and the deadliest to occur in the county in several years. In 2022, 14 people died in car accidents in the county. Fatal car crashes in New Jersey have fallen 21 percent in 2023, after a sharp rise in the last two years.

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