A woman was fatally struck by a Camden County police vehicle in Woodlynne late Wednesday night in what a police spokesperson described as a “tragic accident.”
The woman was walking in the roadway on Mount Ephraim Avenue, about 10 to 20 yards from the intersection with Woodlynne Avenue about 11 p.m. when the officer’s vehicle struck her, then stopped at the scene, Camden County Police Department spokesperson Dan Keashen said Thursday.
“From all the preliminary investigation done so far, it looks to be a tragic accident,” he said.
Authorities did not immediately release the woman’s identity pending notification of next of kin. Keashen said she was 66 years old, her last known address was in Lindenwold, and she had also lived in Camden.
The officer was not responding to any incident, so did not have lights or sirens on, and there were no indications that he was speeding, distracted, or did anything wrong, Keashen said.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, which investigates any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer, said the officer, who was on duty at the time, immediately stopped and radioed for assistance. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.