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Down The Shore: 53 Year-Old-Man Killed in Crash on White Horse Pike, Investigation Underway

MAYS LANDING (June 20, 2020)--- An investigation is underway after a 53 year-old Mays Landing man was killed Friday night in a crash on the White Horse Pike, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced. Screen Shot 2020-06-25 at 15.49.03

An initial investigation by the ACPO Crash Investigations Unit determined that Taquaysha Bell, 28, of Trenton was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike in a 2010 Chevy Silverado. At 11:07 p.m., near the intersection of Moss Mill Road, Bell crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a 2003 Honda Civic, operated by Michael Luko Sr., who serves as an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and was traveling home from work. Following the crash, Officer Luko was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Division where he was pronounced deceased at 12:22 A.M.

Bell was also transported to ACRMC – Mainland Division for treatment and a blood sample was taken for toxicology analysis.

A rear seat passenger in Bell’s vehicle, Chanelle Morgan, 28, of Trenton, was transported to ACRMC – City Division where she was undergoing surgery.

Two additional male passengers were transported in the ambulances with the Bell and Morgan, but neither was injured and left the hospital without being admitted or treated.

At this time the crash is an ongoing cooperative investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 909-7692.


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.