(CNBNews.net)The family of New Jersey State Trooper Anthony Raspa issued the following statement regarding the death of their son.
"Today our family lost an incredible son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend and person. Anthony was a phenomenal young man with a heart of gold and a passion for life. While he is no longer physically with us, we are so grateful for the 24 years of love and loyalty we shared with him. Anthony was passionate about law enforcement and took great pride in being a NJ State Trooper. He will forever be in our minds and in our hearts. The family is so appreciative of all of the love and support. We ask that you respect our privacy at this time as we continue to grieve."
Trooper Raspa was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident. He and another officer were patrolling eastbound on Interstate 195 when the car they were in struck a deer and then ran off the right side of the road into some trees at at 12:48 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 . No other vehicles were involved. The 24-year-old Raspa was the driver.
The second occupant, Trooper Gene Hong, 29, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton where he was treated for lacerations and a neck injury. He is expected to be released soon.
Both troopers were assigned to Hamilton Station and on duty at the time of the accident.