Crash Kills Daughter of Actor Ben Vereen

United Press International

The teen-age daughter of entertainer Ben Vereen was killed in an accident involving a tractor-trailer that flipped over and crushed the van in which she was riding, the New Jersey State Police said Thursday.

Naja Vereen, 16, of Saddle River, N. J., was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday by an Essex County medical examiner, police said. Her mother, Nancy Vereen, 43, was driving the Toyota minivan but was not injured.

Vereen won critical acclaim for his role as Chicken George in the 1977 television miniseries “Roots.”