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New York City tractor-trailer driver charged in New Jersey police officer's highway death

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This June 11, 2014 image provided by the Waldwick Police Department shows Waldwick, N.J. police officer Christopher Goodell during a ceremony honoring him for his DWI efforts. Authorities say the experienced police officer in northern New Jersey has died early Thursday July 17, 2014 after a tractor-trailer rear-ended his unmarked police car while he was operating radar to look for speeders on Route 17. Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell was 32 years old. (AP Photo/Waldwick Police Department) (The Associated Press)

A New York City tractor-trailer driver has been criminally charged in connection with the death of a New Jersey police officer whose unmarked car was rear-ended on a highway shoulder.

Authorities say Waldwick Officer Christopher Goodell was checking for speeders Thursday morning when he became the second New Jersey officer to die in the line of duty this week.

Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli says the truck pushed the parked police car into a retaining wall. He says there's no evidence truck driver Ryon Cumberbatch tried to stop.

Prosecutors say Cumberbatch has been charged with vehicular homicide and will appear in court Monday.

Cumberbatch has been held on $25,000 bail and can't be reached for comment. There's no home telephone number listed for him at the Brooklyn address provided by prosecutors.

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