J.B. Hunt driver charged with vehicular manslaughter

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 7/21/2014

A police officer running radar on a New Jersey highway was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer shortly after midnight on July 17. According to a spokesperson for John Molinelli, Bergen County prosecutor, the unmarked police car did not have its lights on.

Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been with the police department for five years.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the truck struck the unmarked police car on Route 17 in Waldwick, N.J., at around 1 a.m. on Thursday. Upon impact, the police car was pushed into a retaining wall. The officer was operating radar on the right shoulder of the three-lane road. The prosecutor’s office reported there were no signs that the truck tried to brake before the impact.

The J.B. Hunt tractor-trailer was driven by 28-year-old Ryon Cumberbatch of Brooklyn. He has been charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter.

Cumberbatch was scheduled to appear in court Monday, July 21.

It is unknown at this time whether or not Cumberbatch was a company driver or a contracted owner-operator. On Monday, a representative at J.B. Hunt corporate headquarters declined to comment on the case.

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