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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.
Phil Brooks July 24, 2014 at 09:19 PM
Chris, Cue the old country song..."Lord, it's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way." ....I think we're among perfection here, Chris. Actually, that Kevin fellow really can't be all that perfect because he's busy criticizing and otherwise telling others what they're doing wrong. After all, it was he who told me that I'm an "habitual lawbreaker." If he were that perfect, he'd accept the imperfections of others and just shut the hell up.
Rick Asdern July 24, 2014 at 09:27 PM
Phil you are doing the same, so is Chris, so have I, everyone here is acting like that. So take your own advice and just leave this alone. I know I will be happy to not see all the emails where everyone is just repeating themselves like broken records judging each other and being insulting. I know I am stopping that right now.
Chris July 24, 2014 at 09:29 PM
It's been a fun journey with y'all....but I have to agree with Rick at this point and hang it up. A police officer lost his life doing his assigned duty right or wrong and that causes me sorrow. Out of respect for him and his family and colleagues I wish all of you a pleasant good night and peace in your lives.
Kevin July 24, 2014 at 09:43 PM
Since day 1 the lost life, love, confidant, friend, peer, son, brother, uncle etc., has been the issue at hand. If we aren't able to help each other and present as a united front, what good are we.
Phil Brooks July 24, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Agreed, gents. Rick is right. No one should have to bury their kid. I've seen people do it. To say it's horrible is an understatement. Hopefully, we'll never have to. I wish all of you peace.

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