Fatal accident between a police vehicle and a bicyclist on Arkansas Avenue, Atlantic City on June 18, 2021. AG office investigating. (photo courtesy of https://wpgtalkradio.com/
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a motor vehicle accident involving a police vehicle and a bicyclist that occurred on June 18 in Atlantic City. The bicyclist was critically injured and died in the hospital one week later.
The decedent has been identified as Everett Stern, 63, of Atlantic City, N.J.
According to the preliminary investigation, a uniformed officer of the Atlantic City Police Department was operating a marked patrol vehicle northbound on Arkansas Avenue en route to a routine call for service, with no lights or siren activated, when the accident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of Arkansas Avenue and Arctic Avenue. Mr. Stern was traveling eastbound on Arctic Avenue when his bicycle struck the driver side of the police vehicle. The officer called for emergency medical personnel and immediately began rendering aid to Mr. Stern. Mr. Stern was taken by ambulance to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, where he died on June 25.
This investigation is being conducted pursuant to Attorney General Directive 2019-4, which implements the statutory requirement that the Attorney General’s Office conduct the investigation of any death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody, and which establishes clear standards and procedures for conducting such investigations.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released at this time.