2017 News Release

April 24, 2017

Public Information Bureau (609) 882-2000
Major Mach Jackson - ext. 6513
Capt. Brian Polite - ext. 6514
Lt. Theodore Schafer - ext. 6515
Sgt. Jeff Flynn - ext. 6516
Tpr. I Lawrence Peele - ext. 6531
Tpr. Alejandro Goez - ext. 6527

State Police Investigate Fatal Crash Involving Marked Troop Car

Lebanon Borough, N.J. - The New Jersey State Police is investigating a fatal crash involving a marked troop car and a GMC Envoy.

On Saturday, April 23, at 7:57 a.m., Trooper Emmanuel Gonzalo, 26, who is assigned to Troop “B” Perryville Station, was driving a marked Ford Crown Victoria troop car westbound on U.S. Highway 22 in Lebanon Borough, Hunterdon County, after being dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 78 in Union Township, Hunterdon County.  Based on the preliminary investigation, a GMC Envoy driven by Larry Helwig, 72, of Bridgewater, N.J., was involved in a collision with the troop car at the intersection of U.S. 22 and Cokesbury Road.

Larry Helwig was pronounced deceased at the scene at 8:35 a.m.  His passenger, Jane Roxbury, 67, of Lebanon, N.J., was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Trooper Emmanuel Gonzalo was taken to Hunterdon Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

This is preliminary information only. The investigation remains active and on-going.

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