WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. – We regret to bring you the news that a New Jersey corrections officer was killed when he was driving to work early on Saturday morning.
NJ.com confirmed that New Jersey State Correctional Police Officer Sean Brown and a Delaware woman were both killed when the woman driving the other way reportedly crossed the center line of the roadway and crashed head-on into Brown’s vehicle.
The crash happened just after 5:15 a.m., as Brown headed to Garden State Youth Correctional Facility for his shift.
Police said that both Brown and the other driver, Priscilla Broadard, 71, were pronounced dead at the scene in Woodland Township. Authorities also noted that the crash was an isolated incident and did not involve any other drivers other than Brown and Broadard.
Sgt. Lawrence Peele of the New Jersey State Police said that the cause of the crash was still under investigation. Authorities kept the roadway closed for nearly five hours following the deadly crash.
This morning we lost a hero. OFC S. Brown was killed in a motor vehicle accident this morning on the way to work. He was…
Brown was a husband and father of three. He served in law enforcement for 11 years before the tragic accident claimed his life. His friends and coworkers looked back on his memory fondly.
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“OFC Brown was a role model to many as well as a union representative helping many officers in his distinguished 11 years of service. He will be missed by all,” a GoFundMe page setup for Officer Brown read.
Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of @NJ_DOC Officer Sean Brown who was killed in a motor vehicle crash yesterday morning while driving to work. pic.twitter.com/NgNp1PRAHJ
— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) July 21, 2019
NJ.com reported that the fundraising page helped raised more than $12,600 in its first 12 hours, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the fallen officer’s family.
Broadard was reportedly a grandmother and worked for the State of Delaware.
Rest in peace, Officer Brown. You are gone, but your service is never forgotten.