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Off-duty police officer killed when car, motorcycle collide

July 16, 2021 GMT

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle in northern New Jersey left an off-duty police officer dead, authorities said.

The accident occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Friday in Jersey City, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The officer, Morton Otundo, 40, who was riding the motorcycle, was pronounced dead a short time later. The Jersey City resident had joined the city’s police force in 2014.

A 30-year-old city resident who was driving the SUV was attempting to make a left turn when the collision occurred, authorities said. The SUV driver was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but further details were not disclosed. The driver’s name was not released, and it wasn’t clear if anyone else was in the vehicle.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Jersey City police and the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit.