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Taquaysha Bell Charged in Fatal Traffic Accident that Killed a Police Officer in Atlantic City

Taquaysha Bell

MAYS LANDING- A Trenton woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in June 2020, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On Dec. 15, 2021, detectives of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force assisted in the arrest of Taquaysha Bell, 29, at her residence in Trenton. Bell was charged with Vehicular Homicide and Assault by Auto in connection to a motor vehicle crash that occurred on June 19, 2020, on the White Horse Pike in Hammonton.

Following Bell’s arrest, she was turned over to the detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department for processing.

On June 19, 2020, Bell was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike when she entered the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle head-on, operated by Michael Luko of Mays Landing. Luko, 53, was an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and he was traveling home from work. Luko was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state in this matter.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***


Anyone with information about serious crimes is asked to contact the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://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.