Mysterious death of a Teaneck cop

Officer John Abraham

Teaneck police Officer John Abraham was killed on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 when his patrol car struck a utility pole. Hours earlier, Abraham had saved the life of an elderly man choking on a piece of steak.

Investigators were unsure what prompted the crash.

The official report states that the 37-year-old officer was on patrol on Teaneck Road between Holland Terrace and Bennett Street when his patrol car hit a utility pole, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. He was taken to Holy Name Hospital, where he died a few hours later.

Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck.

Abraham wasn’t responding to a 911 call. Perhaps he was responding to something he witnessed on his own. An autopsy showed he did not suffer from a medical condition, such as heart attack. And his car had no mechanical problems.

His supervisors, fellow police officers and members of the public remembered Abraham as a police officer who loved what he did for a living. He’d even given up his job as detective, asking to put back out on the street in a patrol car.

Abraham had been a cop for 17 years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents and siblings.

About a year after the accident a road near the Teaneck Police Department was renamed “John Abraham Jr. Drive” in honor of the fallen officer.