Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent and Director of the New Jersey State Police sadly reports the death of Trooper Sean Cullen.
Trooper Cullen, 31, had responded to a vehicle fire where the occupants were injured during his evening shift. As he was investigating the incident, Trooper Cullen was struck by a passing motorist as he was walking on the shoulder of the Interstate freeway.
Several police and fire department vehicles were at the scene of the crash with their emergency lights activated when Trooper Cullen was struck. The vehicle that was on fire was also struck and spun around due to the force of the impact. The 22 year old female driver remained at the scene of the accident and is cooperating with investigators.
Trooper Cullen was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden as he had sustained severe head injuries in the crash. He was listed in critical condition and he succumbed to his injuries the following morning.
Sgt. Victor Bialous said that being a New Jersey State Trooper was the fulfillment of his life long dream. It was everything to him and one of his career goals were met when he had the opportunity to work side by side with his brother on patrol as a Trooper.
Trooper Cullen served the New Jersey State Police for two years, graduating from the 154th Recruit Class. He is the second Trooper to be killed in the line of duty within the past three months due to a traffic accident. He was assigned to the Troop A, Bellmawr Detachment and is survived by his son, a girlfriend, parents and siblings.
Trooper Sean Cullen-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow
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State Trooper Dies After Being Hit By Car On NJ Highway I-295