NORTH BERGEN —  Police officers and community members have donated thousands to a funeral fund for a township police officer who died in a weekend crash on his way to work.

As of Monday afternoon, more than $31,000 had been raised to help the family of North Bergen Police Officer Julio Noriega lay the 28-year-old to rest.

Noriega was pronounced dead at a local hospital following the Saturday morning crash in North Bergen involving Noriega's personal Honda and a garbage truck.

North Bergen Police Officer Julio Luis Noriega (North Bergen Police Dept.)
North Bergen Police Officer Julio Luis Noriega (North Bergen Police Dept.)

The crash near the intersection of 41st Street and Tonnelle Avenue also sparked a fire.

As of Monday, no further details were disclosed about potential factors in the collision.

Noriega worked for the department starting in 2015 as a communications officer, before being sworn in as an officer in January 2019.

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