Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # 169
Cause: Vehicular assault
Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Offender: Charged with vehicular homicide
Officer Thomas Raji was killed when his patrol car was struck by a drunk driver on Route 1, in Woodbridge, while he was transporting a prisoner to the Middlesex County Jail.
The drunk driver had run two red lights at the intersection before broadsiding Officer Raji's patrol car. Another officer and the prisoner in the patrol car were both injured. The drunk driver was charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto and sentenced to eight years in prison.
Officer Raji had served with the Perth Amboy Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his expectant wife, who also serves as an officer with the same department.