New Jersey State Police dispatcher dies in highway accident

In a tragic irony, an employee of the New Jersey State Police who helped people involved in severe auto accidents was killed recently in a crash with a teenager. The woman, who worked as a dispatcher for the State Police, was only 26.

According to the Burlington County Times, the victim was driving to work the afternoon of Feb. 23. She was going north on Route 206 when a 17-year-old male failed to yield to traffic while trying to enter the highway. The teen crashed into the woman’s car, spinning it into the southbound lanes and into the path of a van, which also struck her.

No charges yet

It appears that the woman was the only one seriously hurt, though the County Times says the driver and a passenger in the van sustained “moderate” injuries. Though state police believe the teen was responsible for this deadly wreck, no charges had been filed as of Feb. 27. The investigation is ongoing.

‘Forever... Blue and Gold’

The deceased graduated from the state police’s Telecommunicator Class about a year ago. A Facebook post from the state police said the dispatcher “will forever be a part of the Blue and Gold family.”

We don’t like to think about it, but every time we drive, we are at risk of getting hit by a dangerous motorist. The results could include permanent disability or death. As careful as you are when you drive, you cannot control or predict the behavior of everyone else on the road.

What you do have control over is what you do after a serious car accident, including whether you discuss your case with a seasoned personal injury attorney.

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