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Hero Down: New Jersey State Police Sgt. Juan Fajardo Killed In Motorcycle Crash

Mansfield, NJ – New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Sergeant Juan Fajardo died in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Nov. 9.

The 41-year-old sergeant was traveling along Route 206 in the Columbus area of Mansfield Township when he collided with a Ford transit van near the Mansfield Square shopping center at approximately 4:15 p.m., NJ.com reported.

Sgt. Fajardo died from his injuries at the scene, according to the Philly Voice.

The driver of the van declined treatment after being evaluated for injuries.

Details regarding the exact cause of the collision have not been released and the incident remains under investigation, the Philly Voice reported.

No charges have been filed, according to NJ.com.

“It is with great sorrow that Colonel Patrick J. Callahan announces the untimely passing of Sergeant Juan Fajardo #6564, on November 9, 2021,” the NJSP said in a press release on Nov. 11.

Sgt. Fajardo was a member of the 139th State Police Class and served the NJSP for over 16 years.

He was also served as a distinguished member of the New Jersey Army National Guard.

Although he was honorably discharged in 2003, Sgt. Fajardo resumed his military service in 2019.

“The entire New Jersey State Police family and extended law enforcement community extends our deepest sympathy and commitment of support to the Fajardo family during this difficult time,” the NJSP said.

Sgt. Fajardo leaves behind his wife and three children.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New Jersey State Police Sergeant Juan Fajardo, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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