Jersey City officer dies in motorcycle crash

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on July 16, just before 2 a.m. Jersey City police officers responded to the scene of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Communipaw Ave. and Woodward St.

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Officers found a motorcyclist with serious injuries, later identified as one of their own, Officer Morton Otundo, 40, of Jersey City.

Investigations indicate that the Yamaha motorcycle was traveling east on Communipaw Ave. when it collided with a Ford Escape traveling west on Communipaw while the car was making a left turn onto Woodward St.

The off-duty police officer was pronounced dead at approximately 2:30 a.m. at Jersey City Medical Center.

The cause and manner of death are pending an investigation by the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

The driver of the car, a Jersey City resident, 30, was transported to JCMC for evaluation.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 201- 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip at

All information will be kept confidential.

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