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Trenton Police Officer’s Parents Killed in Tabernacle NJ Car Accident

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Posted on Nov 30, 2012

A Trenton police officer is mourning the loss of his parents who were killed in a Burlington County car accident on November 7.

New Jersey State Police report that Hamilton residents Jose Perdomo, 74, and Edith Perdomo, 70, were traveling north on Route 206 in Tabernacle at 9:15 p.m. when their vehicle lost traction on the icy highway. The Perdomos’ Buick LeSabre crossed into the oncoming lane, where it was struck on the passenger’s side by a van near the Hawkin Road intersection.

According to State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman, Jose Perdomo, who had been driving the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Virtual Memorial hospital in Mount Holly where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later. His wife Edith was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The victims were the parents of Trenton Police Officer Walter Rivera, whose partner in the unit drove Rivera down to the hospital in Burlington County after the crash.

While Rivera declined to comment on the tragedy, Mercer County Undersheriff Pedro Medina spoke kindly of Rivera's parents’ lifelong relationship.

"They were always together, they were always happy," he said. "It was like true, true love."

Peter Rossi, the driver of the van, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

New Jersey State Police have said that they believe the evening’s snowstorms played a part in the accident. It is unclear whether speed was a factor.

No charges have been yet been filed, and the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.


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