05/14/2007

N.J. officer dies in car crash

By Michael A. Wattkis, Jeff Diamant and MaryAnn Spoto
Star-Ledger (Newark)
Officer Down: William Pressler

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — A Lakewood Police officer was killed early this morning when his cruiser slammed into a tree on a rural township road.

The officer, whose identity wasn't disclosed, died at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. crash on New Egypt Road, near Gudz Road, officials said.

Investigators closed Lakewood New Egypt Road, also known as routes 528 and 547, while they investigated the crash.

The officer was on his way for a back-up call when his car careened off the road and slammed into a tree, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Officials erected a tent over the wreck and were working to remove the body from the vehicle.

Distraught police officers and a chaplain gathered at the scene.

 

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