Port Authority police officer critically injured in Jersey City collision

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a serious motor vehicle crash near the Holland Tunnel that occurred early Tuesday morning in which a Port Authority Police Officer was critically injured and two Jersey City Police Officers sustained minor injuries.

On April 28,  just after 12:30 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in which the driver, a 32-year-old New York woman, overturned her vehicle on eastbound Route 139 (depressed highway).

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The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released.

While the Port Authority Police Officer and three Jersey City Police Officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, another motorist heading eastbound on Route 139 struck the median divider, then struck a JCPD radio car, and then struck the Port Authority Officer, causing serious injuries.

The driver, a 27-year-old New York woman, was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for examination and has since been released.

As of yesterday, the Port Authority Police Officer was in critical condition at the Jersey City Medical Center.

“We are asking everyone to keep our officer in your thoughts and prayers as he works to pull through this,” said Superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department Edward Cetnar. “These are serious injuries, but we know he is a fighter.”

This is an active investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

“This crash is yet another reminder that our first responders put their lives on the line every day,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “We are praying that the officer makes a full and quick recovery.”

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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