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UPDATE: AG’s office releases identities of cyclist and New Jersey State Police sergeant involved in fatal crash in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — The Attorney General’s Office Monday identified the cyclist who died after being involved in a collision with a New Jersey State Police (NJSP) vehicle on Feb. 5 in Hackettstown.

According to the preliminary investigation, shortly after 6:00 a.m., Sergeant First Class Kesene Grier of the NJSP, in an unmarked police SUV, collided with a cyclist, later identified as Raul L. Diaz, 59, of Long Valley, on Willow Grove Street in the area of Brook Hollow Drive.

Diaz was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:17 a.m. The circumstances leading to and surrounding this crash are under investigation, authorities said.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time, officials said.

The investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any 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, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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