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Jersey City officer dies following motorcycle crash

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Jersey City Police Officer Morton Otundo died unexpectedly while off-duty early Friday morning following a motorcycle accident.

“This is a great loss to the JCPD and the entire Jersey City community,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Officer Otundo leaves behind a lasting legacy throughout the entire police department through his two younger brothers, who are also on the force, as well as the many officers with whom he took the time to mentor, sharing his knowledge to help provide guidance and ultimately strengthen the department overall. We send our deepest condolences to Officer Otundo’s family.”

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 Avenue and Woodward Street.

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

He was treated at the scene before being transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center.

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

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 by EMS to JCMC for evaluation.

According to the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit and the Jersey City Police Department, the initial investigation indicates that the Yamaha motorcycle operated by Otundo was traveling east on Communipaw Avenue when it collided with a Ford Escape traveling west on Communipaw Avenue while the Ford Escape was making a left turn onto Woodward Street.

The events surrounding the crash are under investigation by the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit with assistance from the JCPD.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 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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