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Tree Dedicated to Fallen Moorestown Police Officer

Berner was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident last year. His life was celebrated at a vigil Monday night.

A tree dedicated in the memory of fallen Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner at Memorial Field. (Photo provided by Carrie Berner)
A tree dedicated in the memory of fallen Moorestown Police Officer Craig Berner at Memorial Field. (Photo provided by Carrie Berner)
Mourners who gathered at a vigil Monday night remembered a Moorestown Police Officer who died in a motorcycle accident last year with personal stories and remembered him with the dedication of a tree at Memorial Field.

Ptlm. Craig Berner was a 26-year veteran of the Moorestown Police Department who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident last year.

Berner was driving his motorcycle east on Westfield Road around 10 p.m. on July 27, 2013, when he lost control. He overturned and was thrown into the westbound lane, where he was struck by a Ford F-150 heading west. He died on the scene.

The truck was driven by William McGovern, a detective with the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office who was off-duty at the time. To avoid any conflicts, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and New Jersey State Police conducted the investigation.

This week, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk told philly.com there was no reason to file charges. Despite McGovern having been drinking earlier in the day, there was no evidence of alcohol in his blood when it was taken six hours after the accident.

But Monday night's vigil focused on Berner, and his life spent helping the community, Berner's wife Carrie said.

Family, friends, neighbors and students who attend school with Berner's children were in attendance on Monday. According to Carrie Berner, over 100 people turned out for the vigil for the father of three who has been described as a "humorous guy."

Additionally, over 100 people signed a petition to have the investigation into his death reopened, Carrie Berner said.

For more on the criticism surrounding the investigation into Berner's death, visit philly.com.



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