New Jersey Police Officer Injured

Pleasantville, NJ — A police officer was injured Monday, Sept. 9th in Atlantic County when his patrol car collided with a driver who failed to yield the right of way, authorities said.

At 1:56 p.m. Monday, Officer John Marciante was responding to an emergency call with his lights and siren on as he traveled south on Main Street approaching Windsor Avenue, Capt. Matthew Hartman said in a news release.

According to reports, a Jeep Cherokee driven by Jean Cappellan-Tapia, 22, of Atlantic City, attempted to turn left to travel north on Main Street and entered Marciante’s lane of travel, hitting the patrol car on the front passenger side.

“The patrol vehicle then left the roadway and sideswiped a utility pole before coming to rest on the lawn of a business,” Hartman said.

Cappellan-Tapia’s car spun clockwise, coming to rest in the northbound lane of Main Street, he said.

Marciante was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, and Cappellan-Tapia and his female passenger were transported to AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center in Galloway Township, all with non-life-threatening injuries, Hartman said. 

In addition, Cappellan-Tapia’s New Jersey driver’s license was found to be expired and suspended.  A summons will be issued to the driver for both the suspended license and failure to yield right of way, he said.  

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, call our accident lawyers at the office of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble at 908-928-9200. Or, contact us for a free no-obligation consultation. 

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

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