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Off-duty NYPD officer killed by hit-and-run driver near Newark Airport

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NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey State Police have located the car and driver that allegedly fatally struck an off-duty NYPD officer in Newark early Sunday morning.

Vincent Harrison, 26, was driving a 2013 Chevy Cruze southbound near Newark Airport when he was struck around 3 a.m. by a 2003 Ford Escape, a New Jersey State Police spokesman said.

Harrison and the driver of the other vehicle pulled over to inspect the damage. He exited his vehicle and was hit by the driver of a 2008 Infiniti who took off.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police located the driver and car Sunday evening.

Harrison, of Valley Stream, was a two-year veteran of the NYPD, worked the 100th Precinct in Rockaway Beach, Queens, according to an NYPD spokesman.

His family released the following statement to PIX11 News Sunday night.

"Vincent Harrison, better known as Vince, tragically passed away today. He loved his family and had a special bond with his niece and nephews. Vince was a young man and had so much of his life to live. He was very passionate and expressive in the things he felt. One of the things that everyone will remember about him is his infectious smile and laugh. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends."

No charges have been filed against the driver at this time. State troopers are working with the Union County Prosecutor's Office to determine appropriate charges.

This is an active and ongoing investigation.