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John Parham, 67, dead after police-pursuit of motorcycle leads to crash on Summit Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey

Modified Date: 
Sat, 04/02/2016 - 10:13am
Accident Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016

1 Dead In Crash As Police Chase Motorcyclist In Hackensack

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.

Man, 67, killed in crash with Hackensack police car

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. 

Hackensack man mourned after fatal crash with cop car

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.

People Involved: 
John Parham
Stephen Ochman
Bryan Ziegelhofer
Summit Avenue


This 'accident' was indeed a tragedy. I was not an eye witness, but was outside , a few houses down, on Ross Ave.  The Hackensack Police lied and stated that their sirens were on  while responding to the motorcycle accident. There were no sirens . If I heard the accident , I would have heard any sirens. there were none. Whoever on the HPD submitted false reports, stating that sirens were on, should be prosecuted for perjury and submitting a false police report.

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