Union City police sergeant killed in car accident while driving into work

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A Union City police sergeant was killed in a car accident while driving into work last night, the department announced this morning.

Union City Police Sgt. Mark Zeitounian was killed in a car accident last night. Photo courtesy of Union City police.
Union City Police Sgt. Mark Zeitounian was killed in a car accident last night. Photo courtesy of Union City police.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Last night the Union City Police Department lost a good man, Sergeant Mark Zeitounian, in a tragic motor vehicle accident. Sergeant Zeitounian was a graduate of Union Hill High School class of 1994 where he was a standout football player,” began a post on their Facebook page.

“He was hired at the Union City Police Department in 1999 and graduated from the Bergen County Police Academy Class #84. At the Union City Police Department, Mark served his whole career in the Patrol Division. Mark, was a knowledgeable police officer and supervisor who you could always count on to get the job done.”

A subsequent tweet clarified that the accident occurred while the officer was driving into work.

The Facebook post continues by stating that Zeitounian was a training officer for newly hired officers and could often be overheard at the station talking about his wife Debbie, his son Jason, his dog Bosco or his favorite NFL team: the Washington Redskins.

“From the moment that Mark was hired in 1999 until last night, we were always by his side. We will always be by your side. UCPD Sgt. Mark Zeitounian #350 your watch has ended we’ve got it from here. May you rest in eternal peace!”

The department also noted that Zeitounian’s passing comes just five months after the sudden death of Police Officer Ricardo Fernandez.