Second corrections officer killed in about a month

For the second time in about a month, a New Jersey corrections officer was killed in a Saturday morning motor vehicle collision.

New Jersey corrections officer Omar Martin was killed Saturday when a vehicle driven by robbery suspects slammed into his car on a Newark street,

William Sullivan, the Executive Vice President of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 105 said Martin was a veteran officer at Northern State Prison.

“He was well-liked by everybody,” Sullivan said of the corrections officer killed in Newark. “Nobody could say anything bad about him. He was just one of those all-around nice guys.”

An Attorney General’s office spokesperson confirmed that authorities are investigating the fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred Saturday morning in Newark and said authorities have not released names of the victim or suspects.

Martin was named as the deceased officer by associates and coworkers.

The chase began when a Hillside police officer started following a Nissan Altima with three men inside shortly after 2 a.m..

The Nissan fled, leading police in a wild pursuit through Newark.

The flight ended when the suspect vehicle slammed into Martin’s Ford Mustang near the intersection of Bragaw Avenue and Aldine Street in Newark around 2:37 a.m., sending it careening into a utility pole.

The corrections officer was driving the Mustang, which was struck broadside and pushed into a utility pole. The victim was trapped in his car, and later pronounced dead at the scene.

A similar tragedy occurred in Woodland on July 20, 2019.

Officer Sean Brown was on his way to the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Chesterfield on Saturday when Priscilla Broadard’s eastbound Chevy Equinox crossed into Brown’s lane on Route 72 at 5:18 a.m. and hit his Cruze head on.

Broadard, 71, of Bear, Delaware, and Brown, 34, of Barnegat, were both pronounced dead at the scene in Woodland.

“Officer 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,” said Sullivan, in a statement released last month. “Tragically, OFC Brown was killed Saturday morning on his way to work. He was a great officer, (I) can’t imagine you would find one person to say otherwise. He was a father and a husband, he leaves three children and a wife behind.”

One Go-fund-me page was set up for Martin’s family and another was established for Brown’s survivors.

Sullivan is identified as the organizer on both fundraising pages.

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