NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey’s North Bergen Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Officer Julio Noriega died Saturday morning in a car crash.READ MORE: NYC Mourning NYPD Officers Wilbert Mora, Jason Rivera After Deadly Ambush In Harlem
Police say the off-duty officer rear-ended a garbage truck on Tonnelle Avenue near 41st Street while he was on his way to work.
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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of Officer Julio Luis Noriega #170 who succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning as a result of a serious motor vehicle accident. Please pray for Julio’s family and his dear friends during this difficult pic.twitter.com/VBXT7SIKpC
— North Bergen Police (@nbpolice) January 8, 2022
Strangers pulled the unconscious officer from his burning car.
He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he died.MORE NEWS: Bald Eagle Spotted At Central Park Reservoir
The accident is now under investigation.