Police officer dead in motorcycle accident

Posted: July 30, 2013

An off-duty South Jersey police officer died Saturday night after losing control of his motorcycle and getting struck by a pickup truck driven by a Burlington County detective, New Jersey State Police said.

Moorestown Officer Craig Berner, 52, lost control of his 1995 Honda about 10 p.m. on Burlington County Route 614, also known as Westfield Road, in the township, police said. After Berner fell from his motorcycle, which was traveling east on Route 614, he landed in a westbound lane, where he was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by William McGovern, 60, of Mount Laurel. McGovern is a detective with the Burlington County Prosector's Office, according to police. Berner died at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by State Police and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, which is involved because of the conflict-of-interest involving McGovern's role in the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. No charges were filed as of Sunday afternoon.

Multiple condolence messages for Berner, a Moorestown resident, were posted on the Facebook page of nearby Cinnaminson Township. He was described as a former Marine and a "great father."


Contact Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman at sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter @sabdurr.

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