Jersey City, NJ – Jersey City Police Lieutenant Christopher Robateau, 49, of Cartaret, was killed early Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle.
Lt. Robateau was on his way to work about 6:30 a.m. and was driving a Toyota Rav4 when he got into a minor accident with a freightliner box truck on the northbound lanes of the New Jersey turnpike on the outer roadway in Newark, according to WNBC.
When he got out of his car to assist the driver of the truck, he was struck by a passing driver in a Ford Ranger, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We consider him on duty being that Lt. Robateau got out of his car to help someone else which is what we want all our officers to be doing all the time regardless of their location or time of day,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said, according to NJ.com.
Jersey City Police Sergeant Lawrence Peele says the passing motorist who hit Robateau stopped and is cooperating with investigators.
Lt. Robateau first joined the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) in 1994 and was promoted to lieutenant in October, 2014. He worked out of the east district, which is located in downtown Jersey City.
“The only thing he loved more then the police department was his wife and children,” Jersey City Deputy Police Chief Daniel Sollitti told The Jersey Journal. “His family was everything in his heart.”
“He was a good person,” said Jersey City Ward D Councilman Rich Boggiano, a retired 37-year Jersey City police detective who taught Robateau at the police academy, according to the Jersey City website. “He was one of my finest students,” Boggiano said.
“He was highly respected by his superiors, his subordinates, and his peers,” Deputy Police Chief Sollitti said. “Jersey City is a better place because Chris Robateau spent his career in this department.”
“Lt. Robateau served with distinction with fellow Hudson County Prosecutor detectives while on-loan to this office for a number of years,” county prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement. “Our prayers and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and his colleagues at the JCPD.”
Lt. Robateau is survived by his wife and three children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jersey City Police Lieutenant Christopher Robateau, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.