Attorney General’s Office Investigating Fatal Crash in Southampton, N.J., Involving On-Duty New Jersey State Trooper

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2024

Office of the Attorney General
– Matthew J. Platkin, Attorney General
Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
– Thomas J. Eicher, Executive Director

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Media Inquiries-
Dan Prochilo

TRENTON — The Attorney General’s Office is investigating a fatal crash involving a New Jersey State Police (NJSP) vehicle that occurred Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Southampton Township in Burlington County, New Jersey. One adult male civilian sustained fatal injuries. His identity is not being released at this time.

According to the preliminary investigation, on April 9, 2024, in Southampton, an on-duty state trooper was conducting routine patrol duties on State Route 70 when his marked NJSP vehicle was involved in a collision with a civilian motorcycle on Route 70, near Burrs Mill Road.  The motorcyclist was transported to Virtua Mount Holly Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:45 p.m. The state trooper involved in the collision did not sustain significant injuries.

A 2019 law, P.L. 2019, c. 1, requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s 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. It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.


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