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Police Officer Killed In Crash With Tractor-Trailer

Waldwick Police Officer Killed In Crash With Tractor-Trailer

July 17, 2014 5:24 PM

 

WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A police officer in New Jersey was killed early Thursday after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car, authorities said.

The deadly crash happened just before 1:30 a.m. on Route 17 in Waldwick.

Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was operating radar to check for speeders when a truck went onto the shoulder of the road and struck the parked police car at the Bergen Avenue intersection, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

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Sean Adams reports

The truck pushed the car into a retaining wall. Goodell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The truck driver, 28-year-old Ryan Cumberbatch of Brooklyn, was not injured and called 911, Molinelli said. It was not known why the truck went onto the shoulder. The trailer was half-full and carrying produce, the prosecutor said.

No charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.

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Derricke Dennis reports

Police Chief Mark Messner could not hold back his tears, stunned that one of his own was killed in the line of duty.

“We’re in a grieving process right now,” he told CBS 2′s Janelle Burrell. “It’s a tight-knit group of people, so we’ll get through it.”

Messner said Goodell was a five-year veteran of the department and a Marine Corps veteran.

“He was an outstanding and proactive officer who loved his family, his fiancee, his job and his comrades,” Messner said. “He will be sorely missed.”

As CBS 2′s Andrea Grymes reported, the town where Goodell was raised and worked was in mourning Thursday.

“He just always made sure that everybody was happy,” Caroline Mitchell said of Goodell, who grew up with her older sister.

“I was the little sister of one of his friends, but he just made sure no one was bothering me.”

At the local high school, marquees honored the fallen officer, and black and purple bunting was hung outside police headquarters.

Earlier in the day, Waldwick resident Paul Shaugnessy and his daughter left flowers.

“I know him from town, and it’s very said,” Shaugnessy said.

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