NJ officer charged in death of another

September 5, 2008 10:18:29 AM PDT
Police in New Brunswick are charging one of their own with the death of another officer, killed in a horrible accident. This apparently, began as a high speed joy ride for two North Brunswick police officers on their lunch break.

Keith Buckley, 40, of Jackson will be arraigned this afternoon on a charge of vehicular homicide.

He was behind the wheel when 41-year-old Lt. Christopher Zerby, from Robbinsville, Mercer County was killed in a violent crash in August.

Investigators say the two, who were in a rented Dodge Viper, driving at 94 mph on Route 130 South, when Buckley reportedly lost control of the car.

Lt. Zerby died the when their car struck a utility pole. The speed limit in that area is 45 mph.

Lt. Buckley, an 18-year veteran of the police department, turned himself in at North Brunswick police headquarters. His bail has been set at $70,000.

Police say Zerby grew up in North Brunswick, and had been a township police officer for more than 16 years. Zerby was the township's lead traffic safety officer for the past year.

Stay with Eyewitness News and 7online.com for more on this developing story.

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STORY BY: The Investigators' Sarah Wallace
WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick

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