John Parham, 67, dead after police-pursuit of motorcycle leads to crash on Summit Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey
HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A police officer was pursuing a motorcycle when a monumental crash happened Thursday afternoon in Hackensack, New Jersey, leaving one person dead. As CBS2’s Brian Conybeare reported, ambulances raced to the scene of the police-involved crash just before 2 p.m. on Summit Avenue in Hackensack.
Maywood police soon reported the motorcycle had apparently crashed into a car on Spring Valley Road in their town, according to authorities.
"At this time witnesses stated that the motorcycle was not being chased by the police at the time of the crash but was speeding. Paramus officers arrived at the crash site and identified the driver and motorcycle as being the same as the earlier pursuit," Ehrenberg said in an email.
Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal identified the dead man as John Parham of Ross Avenue in a statement Friday afternoon. The fatal crash — with a city police cruiser responding to an emergency call Thursday afternoon — occurred at the intersection of Parham’s street and Summit Avenue, about 3½ blocks from his home.