Bergen County Environmentalist Killed in NYS Thruway Crash, Report Says

Mark Becker, of Hillsdale, was killed in a multi-car accident that injured six other people and snarled traffic for hours near the Woodbury exit, reports say.

A well-known Bergen County environmental activist was killed in a multi-car pile-up on the NYS Thruway that injured six other people Wednesday, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, Mark Becker, 53, of Hillsdale was a Lamont-Doherty Observatory earth scientist and co-director of the environmental group Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network).

He was traveling to his adjunct professor job at Bard College Wednesday afternoon when the crash occurred near the Woodbury tolls at Exit 16 on the Thruway, the report said.

According to the report, Becker and his companion Lori Charkey had just returned from a 3½-week research trip to Antarctica, where they had worked with Chinese scientists investigating global warming.

The multi-car accident closed lanes and snarled traffic for hours along the NYS Thruway, New City Patch reported. The other six people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, the report said.

John DeSantis February 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM
A person devotes his life to preserving nature. When lost, his absence will be felt by all. Who will care so much as he, for the few remaining wild and open spaces along the Hackensack. If there is a place of peace and beauty beyond I hope his spirit finds it. Lori, may the goodness of his life soften your grief. Our deepest sorrow, John and Carol
Hedy Grant February 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM
A devastating loss for Lori, all of those who knew Mark and for the environment. His death leaves a huge hole in our lives. He was such a smart, knowledgeable and gentle man who gave so much to so many. My deepest condolences to Lori. His legacy will live on.
Elizabeth Scholl March 01, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Does anyone know of a memorial service being held for Mark?
Malia Hoffman March 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM
This was so sad. I was at the scene of this accident, a few cars behind, on my way update on Wednesday. Traffic was at a standstill for 5 hrs but I did not care, I was just humbled. I had to witness them removing his body from the car which was literally crushed. He had no idea that day was his last. May his soul RIP.


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