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Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Crash With Bergen County Police Officer

New York man has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Waldwick Township Officer Christopher Goodell.

Ryon Cumberbatch, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide in the death of Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell.
Ryon Cumberbatch, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been charged with 2nd Degree Vehicular Homicide in the death of Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell.
The truck driver who struck and killed a Bergen County police officer on the shoulder of Route 17 early Thursday morning has been charged with vehicular homicide, the prosecutor's office said.

Ryon Cumberbatch, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., made no effort to avoid the unmarked cruiser of Waldwick Township Police Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, who was operating radar in his parked vehicle, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

According to the prosecutor's office, Cumberbatch's 2012 Freightliner 18-wheel tractor trailer struck Goodell's vehicle at 1:23 a.m. Thursday

Goodell died from blunt force trauma directly related to serious trauma to the head, the Bergen County Medical Examiner determined Thursday.

There was no evidence of braking before Cumberbatch struck the police car, and it appeared the truck was driven directly "into the police car without stopping or attempting to stop," the prosecutor's office said.

Goodell's vehicle was parked "entirely in the shoulder" and running without its emergency lights on at the time of the crash, the prosecutor's office said.

Cumberbatch has been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide, with bail set at $25,000 with the option to post 10 percent. His first court appearance is scheduled for July 21 in the Bergen County Central Municipal Court.
Coffeenut July 19, 2014 at 03:05 AM
Um Georgie, you call your post "substance"? You're a racist jerk off. You are not welcome on this thread.
Richard July 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM
An issue that has not been discussed is how do the taxpayers feel having their officers issuing tickets to violators on a state highway rather than patrolling their neighborhoods, watching for burglars, and being ready to respond to an emergency? I’d rather have that patrol car going down my street at 1 AM than writing tickets on Route 17. The same thing happened on I-80 in Morris County last year. An officer, whose dept. is only 13 strong (so what are there, 2 officers on the road per shift?) was parked on the shoulder of the interstate when his car was struck and he was killed. Shouldn’t that officer have been patrolling the side streets, checking public buildings such as schools, the library, etc. for vandals? It would seem to me the taxpayer would rather have their money go there than patrolling a state highway which the state police should be doing anyway.
M. Justicel July 22, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Richard, with all do respect, do you really think on the day of this officer's funeral the "tax payer" standing along the roadway watching the funeral procession cares where their money is being spent? That their tax money has more value than a human life? Let's use some common sense and post things that have some compassion on this tragic day!
Coffeenut July 22, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Justice YOU are trying to school someone on common sense? Lol! You said, 'do you really think tax payers are thinking about tax money in such a tragic day?' And you ask is tax money more important than a human life? You're a dolt. Do you know why this cop is dead? Because ticket revenue was more important than human life! Hiding in a blacked out car on the shoulder of a highway looking to harass people and write tickets. If the police are SO concerned with public safety and speeding, why doesn't the cop just park on the shoulder in a marked car with emergency lights on? That would slow people down with a police presence and people wouldn't be harassed and have their hard earned money stolen from them.
M. Justicel July 22, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Nut, you have some serious issues!

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