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Trucker Charged in Wreck That Killed New Jersey Officer

July 18, 2014  | 

A Brooklyn man driving a tractor-trailer that smashed into a parked police car and killed a Waldwick police officer early Thursday was charged in the deadly Route 17 wreck, prosecutors announced hours after the crash.

Ryon Cumberbatch, 29, faces a charge of second-degree vehicular homicide and was being held on $25,000 bail, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement.

The 2012 Freightliner 18-wheeler Cumberbatch was piloting slammed into the unmarked patrol car around 1:30 a.m. on Route 17 southbound, killing borough Police Officer Christopher Goodell, according to authorities. Goodell was in his car while running radar on the highway, near Bergen Avenue, NJ.com reports.

“The collision between the truck and the stationary unmarked police car occurred entirely in the shoulder of the highway,” the prosecutor said. “There was no evidence of pre-impact braking by the truck; instead it appears from the roadway evidence that Cumberbatch drove directly into the police car without stopping or attempting to stop.”

Tags: Officer Down, Patrol Vehicle Accidents, Waldwick (N.J.) PD


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Ima Leprechaun @ 7/19/2014 6:52 AM

My condolences to Officer Goodell's Family. Sadly, penalties for vehicular homicide are much lower than for murder hence the very low bail bond. States should establish a separate law just for vehicular homicide of a Police Officer that carries a substantial fine and penalty. From the evidence at the scene of the crash the trucker intentionally drove into the patrol car (Which to my way of thinking should be a criminal offense, rather than a traffic infraction). The Officer died from blunt force trauma during the impact. Read the above link for more details.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/19/2014 7:30 AM

Penalties for Vehicular Homicide or Death by Auto in New Jersey
Vehicular Homicide is a crime of the second degree and upon conviction thereof a person maybe sentenced between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State prison. The Sentencing Judge may also order fines and restitution as prescribed by 2C:43-3 for all convictions for Vehicular Homicide in New Jersey.
This is a grossly minor penalty for an intentional murder of a police officer by a semi tractor trailer driver..

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 7/19/2014 8:17 AM

Running radar should not be that dangerous. It is hard to believe this was an accident. It doesn't state whether the driver fell asleep, his demeanor at the time was he intoxicated or under the influence of self medication or contraband drugs. Need more information.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 7/19/2014 8:19 AM

My sincere condolences to the family of Ofc Goodell and to his department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/22/2014 1:15 PM

On the link story the truck driver intentionally struck the officer and it was no accident it was intentional.

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