Officer’s widow seeks answers in fatality

By: Barbara Boyer

July 29–Sgt. William McGovern of the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office fatally ran over a motorcyclist and called 911 last July 27. Then, minutes after he learned the victim was off-duty Moorestown Patrolman Craig Berner, McGovern left the scene on Westfield Road to feed a friend’s cat, according to law enforcement records.

Although McGovern returned within an hour of the 10 p.m. crash — and township police then documented that he smelled of alcohol — authorities called off a sobriety test requested by a Moorestown officer. Investigators did not ask McGovern to take a breath test, and they did not draw blood until six hours after the accident, according to investigative records provided to The Inquirer.

Blood-test results for McGovern, 61, of Mount Laurel, were negative for alcohol and drugs. Berner, 52, an officer of 26 years, tested negative as well.

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