Police Reveal Man Who Died in Route 24 Crash Was Millburn Resident

A 57-year-old Millburn man was killed in a five-vehicle accident on Route 24 in Summit last Thursday, according to state police.

According to State Trooper Brandi Slota, David M. Baum, who resided in the Short Hills region of Millburn, died in the accident, which happened about 2 p.m.

According to police, a Volvo tractor trailer in the right lane smashed into the back of Baum’s Tesla, setting off a chain reaction that included three other vehicles: a Toyota Venza, a Hyundai, and a Dodge Ram.

According to authorities, the Volvo, Toyota, and Dodge Ram drivers had moderate injuries, while the Hyundai driver suffered catastrophic injuries.

The accident is still being investigated.

The state police Medevac helicopter was used to transport one of the injured drivers to University Hospital trauma center in Newark, according to Patch.

Baum was described as a former investment banker who later became a golf aficionado and entrepreneur by Golf Magazine.

“David purchased Golf Odyssey and, as president and editor-in-chief, converted the once-sleepy golf and travel newsletter into a fresh honest broker and leading industry voice,” according to a magazine tribute. “He eventually sold both Golf Odyssey and Revolution Golf to the Golf Channel/NBC Universal.”

Baum was born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in New Jersey, according to the dedication.

“He was the unusual, ever-so-modest, last guy in the room you would have guessed as a former partner at Goldman Sachs, fanatical New York Yankees or serene Grateful Dead enthusiast,” wrote friend Steve Lapper in the tribute.

Summit Police Department and Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad supported the Summit Fire Department on the site.

Atlantic Health, Millburn, and Springfield EMS all came to the location, as did the Millburn and Springfield fire departments.

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