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Jersey City police officer killed en route to work while helping driver

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A police officer died on his way to work Friday when he stopped to help someone and was struck by a car, officials said.

Jersey City Police Lt. Christopher Robateau exited his car on the New Jersey Turnpike , Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said.

Robateau had stopped to help a stranded motorist, the day after a ferocious snowstorm dumped several inches of snow on the region, according to the New Jersey Police Honor Legion.

Officials said the lieutenant's death is considered as occurring in the line of duty.

"We consider him on duty in JC being that he was looking to help someone which is what we want all JC officers to do all the time," Fulop said in a tweet.

The crash happened just after 6:30 a.m. near Exit 14 on the Turnpike, NJ.com reports.

Robateau, a 23-year veteran of the force, is survived by his wife and three children, according to the outlet. He was 49.