- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WALDWICK, N.J. (AP) - A stretch of a northern New Jersey highway has been dedicated to a police officer killed in the line of duty.

Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Monday to designate Route 17 in Waldwick as the “Christopher Goodell Memorial Highway.”

The 32-year-old Waldwick patrolman was checking for speeders on the highway last July when a tractor-trailer crashed into his unmarked patrol car that was parked in the shoulder. He had served on the force for five years.

The bill requires that signs be installed noting the highway’s designation and dedication to Goodell, but no public funds may be used to do so.

The driver of the truck that hit Goodell’s car has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide.

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