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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Watchung Officer Killed in 'Horrible' Crash


Watchung Officer
Killed in
'Horrible' Crash

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, March 9, 2006 2:05 p.m.

WATCHUNG  -  Tragedy struck the Watchung Police Department Wednesday.

Officer Matthew J. Melchiondia, 31, was killed in what is being described as a horrible accident.

The accident occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. According to initial reports, Watchung officers were conducting a surveillance from an unmarked car in response to thefts of and from vehicles. At some point, a suspicious vehicle was observed and the officers requested a marked unit to assist.

While some media outlets are reporting that this was a pursuit, we believe this was not the case. Rather, it appears that Officer Melchiondia was trying to catch up to the vehicle.

When doing so, a mini-van pulled out in front of his cruiser. Officer Melchiondia swerved and struck a tree. The crash actually occurred in North Plainfield.

Area residents rushed to the aid of the officer as did his fellow officers, but it was too late. Officer Matthew J. Melchiondia was pronounced dead at the scene.

The six-year veteran leaves behind a wife.

The Watchung Borough Police Department is comprised of 28 members, and this tragedy is surely hitting them hard, especially Officer David Melchiondia.  He is Matthew's older brother.

No charges have been filed, and the Somerset County Prosecutorís Office is conducting the investigation.

Police and Law Enforcement News
Thursday, February 2, 2006 12:05 a.m.





Funeral Arrangements

The funeral information for fallen Watchung Borough Officer Matthew J. Melchiondia will be posted when finalized.







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