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New Jersey Human Services Police Department Officer Killed in Atlantic County Crash

By rlsmetro on
Atlantic County

MAYS LANDING- An investigation is underway after a 53 year-old Mays Landing man was killed Friday night in a crash on the White Horse Pike, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

Tyner said an initial investigation by the ACPO Crash Investigations Unit determined that Taquaysha Bell, 28, of Trenton was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike in a 2010 Chevy Silverado.

According to Tyner, at 11:07 p.m., near the intersection of Moss Mill Road, Bell crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2003 Honda Civic, operated by Michael Luko Sr., who serves as an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and was traveling home from work.

Following the crash, Officer Luko was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Division where he was pronounced deceased at 12:22 A.M. according to Tyner.

Bell was also transported to ACRMC – Mainland Division for treatment and a blood sample was taken for toxicology analysis.

A rear seat passenger in Bell’s vehicle, Chanelle Morgan, 28, of Trenton, was transported to ACRMC – City Division where she was undergoing surgery.

Two additional male passengers were transported in the ambulances with the Bell and Morgan, but neither was injured and left the hospital without being admitted or treated.

At this time the crash is an ongoing cooperative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Absecon Police at (609) 641-0667 or the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7692.