Linden Crash Giovanni Esposito

Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880; Hillside Police Department

Man Charged In Crash That Killed Off-Duty NJ Police Officer

January 16, 2019 - 11:01 am

HILLSIDE, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with a crash that killed an off-duty police officer in New Jersey.
Prosecutors say the man was driving with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit with Giovanni Esposito as passenger when he collided with a tractor-trailer that was stopped at a red light in Linden Oct. 15.
Both men were ejected from the vehicle. They were transported to University Hospital in Newark, where Esposito was later pronounced dead.
Esposito had begun working for the Hillside Police Department in November 2017. Police say he graduated at the top of his class.

"Officer Esposito loved his job and was a warm and friendly person who was well-liked by all who knew him," the department said.
The Union County Prosecutor's Office says the driver has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and speeding among other offenses.
He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday. 

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)