Howell Section of Rt. 195 Renamed after Fallen Trooper
State Trooper Marc Castellano was on duty on June 6, 2010 when he responded to a call of an armed man in the woods of 195 in Howell.
Trooper Castellano parked his patrol car on the shoulder of the roadway near Exit 31 and got out to inspect the scene. It was then that he was struck and killed by a passing motorist who according to APP "briefly took his eyes off the road."
Castellano was only 29-years-old and left behind two young children.
Since his passing, Trooper Castellano's mother Donna Setaro has been a leading voice in New Jersey's "Move Over Law." This law requires motorists to move to the left for police, ambulance, and other emergency vehicles. Of course, if that is not possible, drivers should slow down safely below the speed limit.
As of Thursday, the seven miles of Route 195 in Howell is now officially "State Trooper Marc K. Castellano Memorial Highway."
Governor Phil Murphy said in a news conference:
Committed to the service of others, Marc perfectly exemplified our New Jersey values; he was courageous, selfless and a true patriot. The loss of Trooper Castellano is yet another reminder of the bravery our law enforcement officers demonstrate each and every day, and this commemoration will ensure that Trooper Castellano’s sacrifice to give his life while protecting the public will never be forgotten.
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