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Trucker charged in death of New Jersey police officer

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WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City tractor-trailer driver has been criminally charged in connection with the death of a New Jersey police officer whose unmarked car was rear-ended on a highway shoulder.

Authorities said Waldwick Officer Christopher Goodell was checking for speeders Thursday morning when he became the second New Jersey officer to die in the line of duty this week.

A 5-year veteran of the force, Goodell was recently engaged.

Officer Christopher Goodell was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while monitoring speed on a New Jersey roadway July 17, 2014. Goodell is pictured here being honored for his work on DWI enforcement. (Photo: Waldwick Police Department)

Officer Christopher Goodell was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while monitoring speed on a New Jersey roadway July 17, 2014. Goodell is pictured here being honored for his work on DWI enforcement. (Photo: Waldwick Police Department)

Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said the truck pushed the parked police car into a retaining wall. He said there's no evidence truck driver Ryon Cumberbatch tried to stop.

Prosecutors said Cumberbatch has been charged with vehicular homicide and will appear in court Monday.

Cumberbatch has been held on $25,000 bail and can't be reached for comment. There's no home telephone number listed for him at the Brooklyn address provided by prosecutors.