State police: 2 former high school athletes killed in crash on I-287 in Mawah

Samuel Cali and Leonidas Vagias, both 19 and from Towaco, were killed in a crash on I-287 early Monday morning.

Samuel Cali and Leonidas Vagias, both 19 and from Towaco, were killed in a crash on I-287 early Monday morning. (6/21/16)

MAHWAH - New Jersey State Police say that two former star high school athletes were killed in a crash in Bergen County.

The bodies of Samuel Cali and Leonidas Vagias were found around 9:15 a.m. Monday by a state Transportation Department worker in the woods near Interstate 287 southbound in Mahwah.

Authorities believe the crash occurred overnight and that the 19-year-old Towaco residents were ejected from their vehicle.

Vagias and Cali graduated from Don Bosco Prep in 2015. Vagias was a kicker/punter with the University of Rhode Island football team, while Cali was a wrestler at Rutgers University.

Both schools issued statements mourning their deaths and citing them as hard workers.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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