Truck driver charged in NJ officer’s death due in court

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) – An initial court appearance is slated Monday for a truck driver charged in the death of a northern New Jersey police officer who was looking for speeders when he was struck and killed by a tractor trailer.

Authorities in Bergen County said Ryon Cumberbatch was driving an 18-wheeler on Route 17 in Waldwick early in the morning on July 17 when he slammed into an unmarked police car parked on the side of the road.

Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was inside the car watching for speeders. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 32-year-old had been on the force for five years.

Cumberbatch was charged with vehicular homicide and is scheduled to appear in court in Hackensack Monday morning.

Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags at state office buildings to be flown at half-staff Tuesday, the same day funeral services are to be held for Goodell.