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No Indictment For Truck Driver In Death Of Waldwick, N.J. Police Officer

WALDWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- A grand jury on Tuesday decided against indicting a truck driver in the traffic accident that claimed the life of a police officer in Waldwick, New Jersey last year.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said that the grand jury decided Tuesday not to indict Ryon Cumberbatch of Brooklyn, on vehicular homicide charges.

Waldwick police Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was operating radar to check for speeders around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, when the truck veered onto the shoulder of the road and struck the parked police car at the Bergen Avenue intersection, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

The truck pushed the car into a retaining wall. Goodell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cumberbatch was not injured and called 911, Molinelli said. It was not known why the truck went onto the shoulder. The trailer was half-full and carrying produce, the prosecutor said.

Cumberbatch is separately charged by motor vehicle summons with reckless driving and failure to maintain a proper lane. That case will be heard in Waldwick municipal court.

Goodell was a five-year veteran of the force. He is survived by his family and a fiancée.

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