OLD BRIDGE – The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is investigating a fatal vehicle crash following a police pursuit after an attempted car theft in Marlboro, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The crash occurred on Nov. 9, after one Marlboro police officer attempted to stop the vehicle in connection with a criminal investigation of an attempted car theft from a residence that occurred in Marlboro, Monmouth County. The vehicle being pursued allegedly struck unrelated civilian vehicles, resulting in one occupant’s death and injury to three other vehicle occupants, according to a press release through the Attorney General’s Office on Nov. 9.
The identities of the decedent and the other individuals are not being released at this time.
According to the preliminary investigation, the crash occurred near the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Route 9 South in Old Bridge shortly after 2:14 a.m., according to the press release.
A 2019 state law requires the Attorney General’s Office to conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody. It requires that all such investigations be presented to a grand jury to determine if the evidence supports the return of an indictment against the officer or officers involved, according to the press release.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.