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North Bergen, NJ Police officer killed in a violent collision with a garbage truck

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NORTH BERGEN – A police officer died Saturday after crashing into a garbage truck on his way to work.

Officer Julio Luis Noriega was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center, officials said hours after the crash, which was reported at 7:03 a.m.

Police said Noriega was on a morning shift when his Honda crashed into the garbage truck near the intersection of 41st Street and Tonnelle Avenue. The crash started a fire.

Julio Luis Noriega, top right, and other officials will be sworn in by Mayor Nick Sacco in 2019. (North Bergen Police Dept.)

According to police, Noriega was passed out when he was pulled from the wreck.

The driver of the garbage truck was uninjured, and a passenger was admitted to hospital with minor injuries.

The officials did not provide any further details about the course of the accident.

Julio Luis Noriega, Nordbergen Police Officer (Nordbergen Police Department)

The department’s social media announced the death of Noriega on Saturday “with great sadness and a heavy heart”.

“Please pray for Julio’s family and dear friends at this difficult time,” officials said.

Noriega was sworn in as an officer in January 2019, but has been the department’s communications officer since 2015.

In September 2020, he was named Officer of the Month for his “sense of awareness, use of proactive patrol techniques, and sharp interview skills,” which he used to catch a crook and return a stolen television to its owner. Police said Noriega brought the suspect to a confession.

Sergio Bichao is the Digital Managing Editor of New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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