New Jersey trooper dies after being hit at accident scene

In this 2012 photo, Westampton Township Police Officer Sean Cullen,portraying a criminal, is apprehended by K-9 Robi during a demonstration at Westampton Township, N.J., Police Department's Annual National Night Out. Cullen, a New Jersey state trooper died early Tuesday, hours after he sustained severe head injuries when he was hit by a vehicle at the scene of an accident, state police said. (Nancy Rokos /Burlington County Times via AP)

DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A state trooper who had responded to an accident scene along with several fire trucks and police vehicles was fatally struck by a passing motorist and died early Tuesday of severe head injuries.

Sean Cullen was 31 and had been a trooper for about two years.

Cullen had responded to an accident in the southbound lanes of Interstate 295 in Deptford Township at around 8:15 p.m. Monday. A car was on fire, and several fire trucks and police vehicles had their emergency lights on, state police said. He was walking near the crash when he was struck by a vehicle.

Cullen was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden with severe head injuries. Family members and law enforcement officers held a vigil before State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes told them that Cullen had died at about 12:30 a.m.

The 22-year-old woman who hit the trooper stopped and was cooperating with investigators.

No charges have been filed. The investigation was ongoing.

Cullen was a 2003 graduate of Cinnaminson High School, where he was a standout wrestler.

He worked as a police officer in Westampton before joining the state police, the Burlington County Times reported.

The last New Jersey state trooper to die in the line of duty was Eli McCarson. He was responding to a call in Salem County on Dec. 17 when his patrol car struck a utility pole.

McCarson, 30, was trapped while rescuers in Quinton Township opened the jammed doors, and he died a short time later at a hospital.


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