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.)
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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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