N.J. Trooper Critically Injured Following Accident

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A New Jersey State Trooper was critically injured following a car accident late Wednesday evening.

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Justin DiIorio

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You want my comment... I don't care about the state tooper, the lucky one who survived, I don't care at all... the other two girls in the accident were my two very best friends, and as far as I am aware, they are both dead (contradictory to this news report)... Why should anyone care more about the one who got away with a few scratches when such heavier losses have ensued? Jacqueline, Christina, I will miss you.
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Sep 28, 2006
 
I can't believe the title of the article. Two young girls, sister no less, were killed. The trooper ran the stop sign. Have some compassion. God Bless the girls and their family. What a tragedy.
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Sep 28, 2006
 
I only have one question. Was the trooper given a blood test?
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Sep 28, 2006
 
Concerned Citizen wrote:
I only have one question. Was the trooper given a blood test?
Not obeying traffic laws is a way of life in Upper Township, not a drug problem.
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Sep 28, 2006
 
Justin DiIorio wrote:
You want my comment... I don't care about the state tooper, the lucky one who survived, I don't care at all... the other two girls in the accident were my two very best friends, and as far as I am aware, they are both dead (contradictory to this news report)... Why should anyone care more about the one who got away with a few scratches when such heavier losses have ensued? Jacqueline, Christina, I will miss you.
You are right Justin, there is no greater loss than losing the most precious, irreplaceable gift, our loved ones. No pain in the world equals or surpasses that of the pain suffered by a parent who loses a child. Scratches can be healed, but Jacqueline and Christina have forever been taken from their families. They will be missed.
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Sep 30, 2006
 
In an article of NJ.com , it says this about the trooper: "Trooper Robert Higbee, 34, of the Woodbine State Police Station received non-life-threatening wounds to his torso and was admitted the hospital, the State Police said. Higbee has been a trooper since April 2001."
And where in there does it say critically injured? Is this not the same incident?
Here's what the rest says about the sisters....which are really the focus of the incident: "Two teenage sisters were killed last night in Cape May County when an on-duty state trooper blew a stop sign and struck the side of their minivan as it traveled through the intersection, according to a preliminary investigation into the fatal accident.
Christina and Jacquelin Becker of the Seaville section of Upper Township were partially ejected through the driver's side window of their Dodge Caravan as a result of the impact, according to a State Police statement released this morning. At the scene, the sisters were pronounced dead of mortal head wounds."
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Oct 1, 2006
 
state police need to be less macho and respect traffic laws themselves. they pursue someone, who you would think just robbed a bank, for going 5 miles over the limit. when they approach you car they are stiff as a board with their muscles buldging from the uniform and feel it is there duty to not listen to any excuse. they think they are god. if they want action, why dont they get a real police job in camden, newark, trenton chasing real criminals. it is a terrible tragedy for the family to loose 2 daughters. how do the parents handle this? the family should sue the state police for big $$$$$$$$$$ and fire trooper highby.
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How can we stop this bad cop from going back to the woodbine and sitting at his desk and earning a pay check. He has broken the mission statement of the new jersey state police, and the trafic laws. Serve and protect. The ex football player Robert Higbee, walked out of the hospital on crutches. He did not even get a ticket. Police need to slow down. He knocked them completly across the road into another van that was waiting at the intersection for the girls to pass. The drivers of the stopped minivan son stated that car is not going to Stop. Robert Higbee trooper
was not reponding to a emergency Only the one in his head. May he see the image of this horrible mangled girls for the rest of his life. This is not a accident This is murder.
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Oct 3, 2006
 
You speak of only the trooper being injured and two others treated at the sceen. The two others were killed in the accident caused by the trooper running a stop sign. Now a family trys to move on after loosing their children. What was the trooper doing that caused him to run the stop sign? Get you story right!
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Oct 3, 2006
 
It would seem an organized protest is in order. I've never participated in a protest because they always seem so liberal, but this would be one I'd feel good about attending. The public must demand action that will lead to justice, otherwise the cops have declared open season on all motorists with the prosecutors blessing.
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Oct 3, 2006
 
As I read through these posts, I am kind of taken back by some of the comments. First, the only information any of us have gotten is from the media. This is a tragedy all the way around. By all accounts, the two girls were fine, young women simply out running an errand; loved by family and friends. I can tell you that the trooper is not a "bad cop"; he is also a fine, young person who chose a service career; also loved by family and friends.
What exactly does the fact that he was a high school athlete have to do with anything that would bear mentioning in this situation? That's the press for you. They also do not know the extent of his injuries. The fact that he was released does not mean that those injuries were not serious.
New Jersey State Police ARE doing a "real police job", they do serve in Camden and other heavy crime areas in this state. Do your homework about this organization before making uninformed comments.
Without all the investigatory information, the only thing we know is that, yes, he apparently did not stop at the sign for whatever reason. And a tragedy occurred! We are always so quick to condemn and so slow to show compassion and empathy to those we want to condemn.
Unfortunately, an accident is precisely that - an accident! How many times have each of us exceeded the speed limit, failed to come to a stop at a stop sign, made a rolling turn through a red light, turned from the wrong lane, been distracted by our cell phone, reached down to pick something up, or not worn our seat belt? This is a case of "there but for the grace of God go I."
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Oct 4, 2006
 
Police officers are not above the law the state trooper should have been arrested at the scene if average joe did this he would have been arrested at the scene i know this from first hand exp of my friend who killed a person it was an accident too but he was arrested at the scene so wake up ppl accidents due happen but he was on patrol for 4 months in the area he should have known and if he didnt he should have be more careful "you must have control of your vechicle at all times"
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Oct 5, 2006
 
To put it out there, your thoughts are irrational and insane. If this officer walked out of the hospital on crutches, he could not have been critically injured. The hospital would have kept him longer than they did. I agree with the other posters that if it had been a regular citizen the end result would have been: arrested, drug and alcohol tested, charged with involuntary vehicular homicide (2 counts)
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As I read through these posts, I am kind of taken back by some of the comments. First, the only information any of us have gotten is from the media. This is a tragedy all the way around. By all accounts, the two girls were fine, young women simply out running an errand; loved by family and friends. I can tell you that the trooper is not a "bad cop"; he is also a fine, young person who chose a service career; also loved by family and friends.
What exactly does the fact that he was a high school athlete have to do with anything that would bear mentioning in this situation? That's the press for you. They also do not know the extent of his injuries. The fact that he was released does not mean that those injuries were not serious.
New Jersey State Police ARE doing a "real police job", they do serve in Camden and other heavy crime areas in this state. Do your homework about this organization before making uninformed comments.
Without all the investigatory information, the only thing we know is that, yes, he apparently did not stop at the sign for whatever reason. And a tragedy occurred! We are always so quick to condemn and so slow to show compassion and empathy to those we want to condemn.
Unfortunately, an accident is precisely that - an accident! How many times have each of us exceeded the speed limit, failed to come to a stop at a stop sign, made a rolling turn through a red light, turned from the wrong lane, been distracted by our cell phone, reached down to pick something up, or not worn our seat belt? This is a case of "there but for the grace of God go I."
Rational and Sane

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Oct 5, 2006
 
In this state, they have 30 days to issue a citation. The citation is usually not issued until the investigation is concluded unless alcohol or other illegal substances are suspected or flight from law enforcement was involved. As part of the investigation, this officer would be tested for alcohol and drugs (prescription or otherwise)at the hospital. As we all know, blood tests are more accurate that other methods (breathalizer, etc.)
His injuries are substantial but we all also know that hospitals do not tend to keep people for any length of time if they can function at home and/or have help.
To infer that my thoughts are "irrational and insane" shows true small-mindedness. I am entitled to my own opinion no matter how it differs from anyone else's. And once again, I repeat, the only information any of us has at this point, came from various media sources,
Bob

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Oct 5, 2006
 
How much do you want to bet that we will never know whether he is charged with involuntary vehicular homicide, running a stop sign, or for that matter, substance abuse or points on his license? Because he won't. The adage is "I am the law" but don't you try it. They get away with murder, literally.
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Oct 5, 2006
 
The newspaper article stated "state trooper critically injured", if you look up medical conditions on Wikipedia it states, "Critical condition, high risk of death within 24 hours, Serious condition, reduced risk of death within 24 hours, but requiring frequent observation, Stable condition, no major fluctuation in vital signs, Good Condition, little significant injury, patient may be discharged shortly". Sounds like he was at deaths door, only to show up for work the next day?
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In this state, they have 30 days to issue a citation. The citation is usually not issued until the investigation is concluded unless alcohol or other illegal substances are suspected or flight from law enforcement was involved. As part of the investigation, this officer would be tested for alcohol and drugs (prescription or otherwise)at the hospital. As we all know, blood tests are more accurate that other methods (breathalizer, etc.)
His injuries are substantial but we all also know that hospitals do not tend to keep people for any length of time if they can function at home and/or have help.
To infer that my thoughts are "irrational and insane" shows true small-mindedness. I am entitled to my own opinion no matter how it differs from anyone else's. And once again, I repeat, the only information any of us has at this point, came from various media sources,
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Oct 7, 2006
 
First I want to extend my condolences to the family and friends of the 2 young sisters. I can not even imagine such a tragedy having an 18 year old daughter of my own as well as a 10 year old son. However, This was an accident! And for those of you that are carrying on about all of the things that you think should happen to the officer should mabe experience something that you were at fault for. So many hipacrits always looking to point the finger. This Police officer has to live with this the rest of his life. He will never be the same person again, and I think it's mean and cruel that you all can be so quick to judge. He did not do this intentionally, and the reaction for the action is truly terrifying and horrible for all parties involved. Hang in there Trooper Higbee, there are lots of people behind you.
Rational and Sane

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Oct 7, 2006
 
Bob from Washington, DC - Where did you get your information that this trooper showed up for work the next day? As a matter of fact, he has not returned to work as of this date, and cannot return until he is cleared physically and psychologically.
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#19
Oct 9, 2006
 
Someone who knows of him told me. Aren't you a bit overly defensive? Okay, it was an accident but think hard, if a regular citizen was involved, you know there would be more publicity and police involvement. It is my personal view on this tragedy. I'm sure it will be justified by saying that he was answering/responding to a call for assistance.
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Rational and Sane wrote:
As I read through these posts, I am kind of taken back by some of the comments. First, the only information any of us have gotten is from the media. This is a tragedy all the way around. By all accounts, the two girls were fine, young women simply out running an errand; loved by family and friends. I can tell you that the trooper is not a "bad cop"; he is also a fine, young person who chose a service career; also loved by family and friends.
What exactly does the fact that he was a high school athlete have to do with anything that would bear mentioning in this situation? That's the press for you. They also do not know the extent of his injuries. The fact that he was released does not mean that those injuries were not serious.
New Jersey State Police ARE doing a "real police job", they do serve in Camden and other heavy crime areas in this state. Do your homework about this organization before making uninformed comments.
Without all the investigatory information, the only thing we know is that, yes, he apparently did not stop at the sign for whatever reason. And a tragedy occurred! We are always so quick to condemn and so slow to show compassion and empathy to those we want to condemn.
Unfortunately, an accident is precisely that - an accident! How many times have each of us exceeded the speed limit, failed to come to a stop at a stop sign, made a rolling turn through a red light, turned from the wrong lane, been distracted by our cell phone, reached down to pick something up, or not worn our seat belt? This is a case of "there but for the grace of God go I."
The young NJ State Trooper was living his life as an arrogant, conceited former football hero. He never left his past life, just simply carried it forward, thinking he was better than everyone else. Well my friend, the Trooper is immature,and never grew up and now must pay a hefty price for the murders he committed.

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