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Tragic Crash Claims Life of Retired NJ State Police Lieutenant in Morris County

Morris County


By: Richard L. Smith 

A devastating collision on Interstate 287 north in Harding Township resulted in the loss of a retired NJ State Police Lieutenant's life.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, September 27, at approximately 9:07 p.m., leaving a community in mourning.

Preliminary reports from the scene suggest that a Dodge Ram pick-up truck was heading northbound on I-287, near milepost 31.4, when the vehicle veered off the road to the left and collided with a metal guardrail.

The driver of the Dodge Ram was identified as NJ State Police Lt. Kevin Hanrahan, aged 61, bearing badge number #4062 from the 102nd Class from Totowa.

Following the crash, Lt. Hanrahan was promptly transported to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

However, despite efforts to save him, he tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Officials believe Hanrahan had a medical episode that caused him to lose control of the vehicle shortly before the crash. 

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash is ongoing, with authorities diligently working to determine the precise cause.

As the community grapples with this heart-wrenching loss, friends, family, and colleagues are urged to keep Lt. Kevin Hanrahan's loved ones in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Funeral arrangements have been scheduled to honor Lt. Hanrahan's memory:

- Wednesday, October 4, at Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, located at 557 Lafayette Ave. Hawthorne, with a viewing from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Thursday, October 5, at St. Anthony, 267 Diamond Bridge Ave. Hawthorne, where a mass will be held at 11:00 a.m.

The community joins together to remember and pay their respects to a dedicated public servant and cherished member of the community, Lt. Kevin Hanrahan.