NEW JERSEY – Trooper Sean Cullen, 31, was struck Monday by a passing vehicle while responding to a crash in Gloucester County, authorities said. He later died at a Camden hospital.
A New Jersey state trooper died early Tuesday after a car hit him on Interstate 295 in Gloucester County while he was investigating a car crash.
Trooper Sean Cullen, 31, suffered severe head injuries and died at Cooper University Hospital at 12:30 a.m., about four hours after the accident in the southbound lanes of 295 at milepost 23.4 in West Deptford Township.
Cullen was walking near the scene of a car crash, where the wrecked vehicle was ablaze and several fire and police vehicles with emergency lights on already were stopped, when a passing car hit him.
The 22-year-old driver stopped immediately and is cooperating with investigators. She has not been charged.
Cullen’s family and countless troopers and other law enforcement officers held vigil at the hospital late into the night. New Jersey State Police Colonel Rick Fuentes broke the news to those gathered in a waiting room.
Cullen, a member of the 154th State Police Class, had been a trooper for two years. He was stationed at Bellmawr Station.