***Updated With Identities of Decedent and Officer***
For Immediate Release: June 17, 2021
Office of The Attorney General
– Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Thomas J. Eicher, Director
For Further Information:
CAMDEN, N.J. – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal motor vehicle accident on June 9 in Camden in which a police vehicle struck and fatally injured a pedestrian.
The decedent has been identified as Zandra Baez, 66, of Camden, N.J. The police officer who was driving the police vehicle that struck Ms. Baez has been identified as Officer Kevin Randolph Gilbert Jr. of the Camden County Metro Police Department.
According to the preliminary investigation, Officer Gilbert, who was on-duty and in uniform, was operating a marked patrol vehicle southbound on Mount Ephraim Avenue at approximately 10:55 p.m. on June 9, when he struck Ms. Baez, who was crossing Mount Ephraim Avenue at Woodlynne Avenue. Officer Gilbert was not responding to any call for service at the time. Officer Gilbert immediately stopped and radioed for assistance. Ms. Baez was pronounced deceased at the scene at approximately 11:09 p.m.
This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.