A Union City Police Officer has been killed during a multi-vehicle accident in the area of Route 3 East by East Rutherford according to Bergen County Prosecutor.
Sergeant Mark Zeitounian (44) of Lyndhurst was driving to work on saturday night when apparently he was hit from behind. There was a total of 4 vehicles involved in the collission and 5 people were treated with minor non-life threatening injuries.
Union City Police Department posted the following in its facebook page:
“Last night the Union City Police Department lost a good man, Sergeant Mark Zeitounian, in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Sergeant Zeitounian was a graduate of Union Hill High School class of 1991 where he was a standout football player. He was hired at the Union City Police Department in 1999 and graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy Class #84. At the Union City Police Department, Mark served his whole career in the Patrol Division. Mark, was a knowledgeable police officer and supervisor who you could always count on to get the job done. He passed on his knowledge by serving as a training officer for newly hired officers. Around the police station you could catch Mark talking about his wife Debbie, his son Jason, his dog Bosco or his beloved Washington Redskins. Mark’s passing extends a pain in our hearts still there from the passing of PO Ricky Fernandez. We hope that you both meet up and reminisce about your stories from the 4-12 shift.
To Mark’s family, his wife Debbie, his son Jason, his sister Maria, your Union City Police Department family is always here to comfort you and support you, as we know you are for us. From the moment that Mark was hired in 1999 until last night, we were always by his side. We will always be by your side. UCPD Sgt. Mark Zeitounian #350 your watch has ended we’ve got it from here. May you rest in eternal peace!
At present, the cause of the collision remains under investigation and no criminal charges have been filed against any driver.