HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A truck driver accused in the death of a New Jersey police officer faced a judge for the first time Monday as the victim’s family makes final arrangements to say goodbye.
Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was using a radar gun on the shoulder of the southbound side of Route 17 near Bergen Avenue last Thursday when a tractor-trailer hit his unmarked police car, authorities said.
Goodell — a five-year veteran of the department and a Marine Corps veteran — was pronounced dead at the scene.
A wake for Goodell was held Monday in Waldwick.
A pipe band led a procession past the public safety building at Borough Hall, as the hearse carrying Goodell’s body followed behind. The hearse was flanked by a number of Waldwick officers, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.