A New Jersey man and a dog died when he swerved to avoid hitting an animal on Interstate 495 in Bolton Monday night and lost control of the car, hitting a small tree, State Police said.
Seyhan Isik, 31, of Bogota, N.J., and the dog were determined to be dead on the scene, troopers said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The car’s passenger, a 30-year-old woman from New York City, had minor injuries and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, according to State Police.
Everyone inside the car, including the dog, had seatbelts on, according to State Police.
The 2007 Mini Cooper, registered in New York state, was driving south on I-495 at about 8:35 p.m. Monday when the “sudden steering input” forced Isik to lose control of the car and go off the road, hitting a tree, State Police said.
An investigation is ongoing, State Police said.
No further information was immediately available.