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Woman charged in fatal crash

Charged with Vehicular Homicide


A Trenton woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in June 2020, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced in a press release on December 22. (THG/Kristin Guglietti)

MAYS LANDING—A Trenton woman has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred in June 2020, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced in a press release on December 22.


On December 15, 2021, detectives of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force assisted in the arrest of Taquaysha Bell, 29, at her residence in Trenton, the release said. Bell was charged with Vehicular Homicide and Assault by Auto in connection to a motor vehicle crash that occurred on June 19, 2020, on the White Horse Pike in Hammonton, according to the release.


Following Bell’s arrest, she was turned over to the detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Crash Investigations Unit and the Hammonton Police Department for processing, the release said.


On June 19, 2020, Bell was traveling westbound on the White Horse Pike when she entered the oncoming lane and struck a vehicle head-on, operated by Michael Luko of Mays Landing, according to the release. Luko, 53, was an officer with the New Jersey Human Services Police Department and he was traveling home from work, the release said. Luko was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased, according to the release.


Atlantic County Assistant Prosecutor Kathleen Robinson represents the state in this matter, the release said.


These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt, the release said. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty, the release said.