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Jason Champion, 41, and Nuwnah Laroche, 34, killed, police officer injured in crash on eastern spur of New Jersey Turnpike in Secaucus

Modified Date: 
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:08am
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2 Pedestrians Killed in Crash on New Jersey Turnpike; Officer Injured: Police

The crash initially shut down all northbound lanes, causing major delays throughout the early morning hours. One lane reopened shortly before 5 a.m. and traffic was moving again.

Cop car strikes, kills 2 pedestrians on Turnpike, State Police say

The two were walking away from a disabled vehicle, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority said on Twitter.

2 killed by cop car on Turnpike were N.Y. residents, State Police say

Police identified the two people killed by a Washington Township Police car early Wednesday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Cop who fatally struck 2 Turnpike pedestrians had clean driving record

The Rev. Thomas Norton, who has served as Washington Township Police chaplain for more than 40 years, visited Pecora at his home Wednesday. Pecora was traumatized by the crash, Norton said.

Cop who fatally struck pedestrians on Turnpike appeared sober, state police say

Sgt. Arsenio Pecora, a 20-year veteran with the Washington Township Police Department in Bergen County, did not receive a field sobriety test because there was no indication he had any alcohol prior to the crash, as is procedure, N.J. State Police spokesman Capt. Stephen Jones said Friday. 

Two pedestrians, identified as Jason Champion, 41, and Nuwnah Laroche, 34, were killed and a police officer identified as Arsenio Pecora, 44, was injured early Wednesday morning when Pecora struck the two with his police on the turnpike’s Eastern Spur northbound before the Vince Lombardi service area in Seacaucus. The two pedestrians were apparently in the left lane of the turnpikeand walking away from a disabled vehicle when the accident occurred. Investigation continues to determine if charges will be filed.

People Involved: 
Jason Champion
Nuwnah Laroche
Arsenio Pecora

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