June 3, 2021
See related MidJersey.news article here: Police investigating serious crash involving moped-style bike
By: Tyler Eckel
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the death of a man who was critically injured when his scooter collided with a civilian vehicle in Hamilton, Mercer County, on May 25. The man, a 21-year-old Trenton resident, died in the hospital two days later. His identity is not being released at this time.
The accident occurred just after 9 p.m. on May 25 near the intersection of Route 33 and Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. An officer of the Hamilton Township Police Division in an unmarked police vehicle observed the man riding a Yamaha scooter without a helmet. Before the officer could stop the scooter operator, who was traveling westbound on Route 33, the scooter operator collided with a Dodge Caravan, whose driver was attempting to turn left into the Mercerville Shopping Center from Route 33 eastbound. The man was thrown from the scooter and impacted the windshield of the van. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he died at approximately 3 p.m. on May 27.
The investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, P.L.2019, c.1, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s 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.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.