06/06/2010

NJ trooper dies after being struck by car

Marc Castellano was struck while looking for two people who had abandoned a vehicle

HOWELL, N.J. — New Jersey State Police say a trooper struck by a car on Interstate 195 while looking for two people who had abandoned a vehicle has died.

Capt. Gerald Lewis Jr. says Marc Castellano was struck at around 10 a.m. Sunday near an exit ramp in Howell Township. He later died at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

The abandoned auto's driver was found hiding in the woods and taken into custody. Charges are pending.

The woman told authorities a man was riding with her, and dozens of officials spent hours looking for him. The search ended Sunday night when investigators began questioning her claims.

Four officers were taken to a hospital and treated for heat exhaustion.

Castellano was a married father of two young children. He had been a trooper for five years.

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