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    Perth Amboy police officer killed

    Perth Amboy police officer is killed in Route 1 crash

    - nj.com
    A Perth Amboy police officer was killed early today when his cruiser was struck by another vehicle while transporting a prisoner through Woodbridge, authorities said.
    Police Officer Thomas Raji, 31, was driving the cruiser south on Route 1 at 3:45 a.m. when he was hit by Nissan Altima westbound on Green Street, according to a statement from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators were working to determine which vehicle had the right of way, authorities said.

    Raji, 31, was pronounced dead about one hour later at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, authorities said.
    A second officer, Patrolman Matthew Mercurio, 42, was riding in the front passenger seat and seriously injured, authorities said. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson.
    The prisoner was not seriously hurt, authorities said.

    The driver of the Altima, Sean McGuirk, 23, of Colonia, is the brother of a Woodbridge police officer, said Woodbridge spokesman John Hagerty. He has not been charged, authorities said.

    Raji, a 10-year police veteran, was married to a Perth Amboy police officer, Marisol Jimenez, said her father, Perth Amboy Council President Peter Jimenez. She is several months pregnant, Jimenez said.
    "He was a phenomenal husband, a devoted husband, devoted family man, devoted police officer ...," said Peter Jimenez Jr., the victim's brother-in-law. "I still can't believe it. I'm still stunned."
    The family has scheduled a wake for Sunday and a funeral for Monday, Jimenez Jr. said.
    Raji was the second on-duty police officer from Middlesex County to die in an automobile accident in 10 days. On Aug. 12, North Brunswick Lt. Christopher Zerby, 41, was killed when the rented sports car a fellow officer was driving veered off Route 130 in the township and crashed into a utility pole, authorities said.

    Before today's crash, the officers were transporting a 37-year-old man from the Rahway Police Department to the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. He had been arrested in Rahway on an outstanding warrant from the Perth Amboy Municipal Court, authorities said.
    The accident occurred at Green Street, just north of the Woodbridge Center Mall. The intersection is controlled by a traffic light, but it is unclear which vehicle had the right of way, authorities said.

    Chuck Cronk, 31, was in a nearby house and ran outside after hearing the crash.
    "We heard a big boom," Cronk said.
    The Nissan was smoking and the front end was smashed. The police cruiser was dented, and an officer was slumped over the steering wheel of the police cruiser, Cronk said.
    Anyone with information about this collision is asked to call Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Jeffrey Temple at (732) 745-3373.




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    Raji, 31, was pronounced dead about one hour later at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, authorities said.
    A second officer, Patrolman Matthew Mercurio, 42, was riding in the front passenger seat and seriously injured, authorities said. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson.

    My condolences to PO Raji's family and friends. May he Rest in Peace!

    Well wishes for a Full & Speedy recovery to PO Mercurio, my heart goes out to him and his family as well.

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    It's a sad moment when an officer falls from the ranks. Farewell partner, may you rest in peace.
    My heartfelt sympathy go out to his loved ones and friends.

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    Rest in peace.

 

 

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