An off-duty Jersey Metropolis police officer was killed when his motorbike collided with a automobile making a left flip early Friday morning.
Officer Morton Otundo, 40, was touring westbound on Communipaw Avenue round 2 a.m. when he struck a westbound Ford Escape making a left flip onto Woodward Avenue, in keeping with Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
Otundo was taken to Jersey Metropolis Medical Middle the place he was pronounced lifeless.
The motive force of the Ford, a 30-year-old Jersey Metropolis man, was evaluated at JCMC. No costs have been filed.
The circumstances of the crash and the trigger and method of loss of life are underneath investigation.
Jersey Metropolis Mayor Steven Fulop referred to as Otudno’s loss of life an awesome loss to the division and the group.
“Officer Otundo leaves behind a long-lasting legacy all through the complete police division via his two youthful brothers, who’re additionally on the drive, in addition to the numerous officers with whom he took the time to mentor, sharing his data to assist present steerage and in the end strengthen the division general. We ship our deepest condolences to Officer Otundo’s household,” Fulop mentioned in a press release.
He was president of the Jersey Metropolis police academy Class of 2013.
Jersey Metropolis POBA President Joseph Cossolini informed TAP into Jersey Metropolis that Otundo was “an unimaginable human being with a magnetic persona.”
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or by way of Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ
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