Atlantic City, New Jersey (July 16th, 2021) – The Attorney General’s Office is currently conducting an investigation of a fatal traffic accident that happened on June 18th involving a police vehicle and a cyclist in Atlantic City. The rider was seriously hurt as a result of his injuries a week later in the hospital.
The deceased victim has been identified by authorities as 63-year-old Everett Stern of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Based on preliminary investigations, An Atlantic City Police Department officer was operating a marked patrol vehicle on Arkansas Avenue. The uniformed officer was headed northbound en route to a routine call for service when the accident occurred. At the time, the officer’s vehicle had no siren or lights activated.
The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Arctic Avenue and Arkansas Avenue when the victim was traveling eastbound on Arctic Avenue. The victim’s bicycle ultimately collided with the driver’s side of the police vehicle.
Following the accident, the police officer requested emergency medical attention for Mr. Stern. The victim was urgently transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center where he later died.
Pursuant Attorney General Directive 2019-4, there is an ongoing investigation that implements a statutory requirement when there is an incident involving a member of law enforcement and the death of a person. The directive establishes standards and procedures to conduct such investigations.
There is no further information available at this time.
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