New Jersey State Trooper Sean Cullen was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of a vehicle fire.
Trooper Cullen had responded to a vehicle fire with injuries that occurred in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 in Deptford Township. He was outside of his curser and walking near the scene of the fire when he was struck by a passing vehicle. Trooper Cullen was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle who struck Trooper Cullen remained at the scene.
The State Police released the following on their Facebook Page:
NJSP Loses Trooper in Tragic Accident
West Trenton, N.J. – The New Jersey State Police family is mourning the death of one of our troopers who died overnight from injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Around 8:15 p.m. Monday, Trooper Sean Cullen, 31, had responded to the scene of a crash on southbound 295, milepost 23.4 in Deptford Township. Tpr. Cullen was walking near that crash where there was an active car fire and several fire and police vehicles with emergency lights on when a vehicle struck him as it was passing the scene. The 22 year old woman who was driving stopped immediately. She cooperated with State Police investigators.
Tpr. Cullen sustained severe injuries to his head and was airlifted to Cooper hospital in Camden.
His family members and numerous troopers and law enforcement personnel from several different agencies held vigil late into the night at the hospital. Doctors pronounced him deceased shortly after 12:30 a.m. Colonel Rick Fuentes broke the news to those gathered in a waiting room.
Tpr. Cullen was a member of the 154th State Police Class. He was stationed at Bellmawr Station and had been a trooper about two years.
The investigation into the crash is still ongoing. There have been no charges or tickets against the driver that struck Tpr. Cullen. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
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