UPDATE: Attorney General’s Office Releases Identities of the Decedent and State Trooper Involved in Fatal Crash in Southampton, N.J., on April 9, 2024

For Immediate Release: April 19, 2024

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

For Further Information:

Media Inquiries-
Dan Prochilo

TRENTON — The Attorney General’s Office today identified the motorcyclist who died after being involved in a collision with a New Jersey State Police (NJSP) vehicle on April 9, 2024, in Southampton Township, New Jersey. The civilian who died during the encounter has been identified as Frank Lando, Jr., 65, of Toms River, New Jersey.

According to the preliminary investigation, at approximately 11:35 a.m., NJSP Trooper Anthony Fernandes was conducting patrol duties on Route 70 when his marked police vehicle collided with a motorcyclist, later identified as Mr. Lando, in the area of Burrs Mill Road in Southampton. Mr. Lando was transported to Virtua Mount Holly Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:45 p.m. Trooper Fernandes did not sustain significant injuries. The circumstances leading to and surrounding this crash are under investigation.

The 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.


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