Woolwich Township, NJ - Charles Amadei, a Special Officer with the Vineland Police Department, was killed in a traffic collision on Friday afternoon, June 16, according to NJ.com. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 4 PM on Route 22 at Garwin Road. Officer Charles Amadei, age 33, was a passenger in a minivan traveling eastbound on Route 22 when the crash occurred, according to Woolwich Township Police Chief Richard Jaramillo.
Chief Jaramillo said "We believe this tragic crash occurred due to another motorist failing to stop or yield at an intersection." The minivan collided with a truck that was traveling southbound on Garwin.
Officer Amadei was traveling in the minivan with his wife Michelle, and three children, ages 14, 2, and 1. His wife and kids were transported to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the truck, age 19, was not identified. He was issued citations at the scene pending the completion of the investigation.
Vineland Police Chief Rudy Beu said that his death was tragic. He said, “It’s a sad day for the city of Vineland Police Department; our thoughts and prayers go out to the Amadei family during this very difficult time."
Officer Amadei had been employed with the Vineland Police Department for many years, according to The Daily Journal. He worked with the Vineland Police Athletic League as well as the community police unit. City Councilman and former PAL director Al Vargas, said that he was a 'long-time friend', and "...would give you the shirt off his back."
He said, “He was a responsible family guy. He was truly a gentleman.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Charles Amadei, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.