Former State Trooper Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Butler man worked for state police for 28 years.

resident and former state police trooper Preston Fairlamb Jr. was killed in a motorcycle accident in Hardyston Sunday that also left his wife, Kathleen Fairlamb, injured, according to NJ.com.

NJ.com reported that Preston Fairlamb, 64, was driving his 2001 Harley Davidson south on Route 94, his 64-year-old wife a passenger, when he was allegedly struck by a car traveling north being driven by Kenneth Arent, 55, of Vernon. Preston Fairlamb was transported to St. Clare's Hospital in Sussex where he was pronunced dead, according to NJ.com, and Arent and Kathleen Fairlamb were transported separately to Morristown Medical Center.

A spokesman for Morristown Medical Center confirmed Monday that Kathleen Fairlamb is listed in serious condition while Arent is listed in good condition. A call to the Fairlamb residence was not immediately returned Monday.

Sgt. Brian Polite of the New Jersey State Police said Fairlamb worked as a state trooper for 28 years, retiring in 2002.

"The majority of his career was spent in Troop B," Polite said.

Troop B includes northern New Jersey and Polite said Fairlamb had served as station commander for both the Newark and Totowa stations at different points in his career with the state police. Polite said Fairlamb was a lieutenant when he retired.

Patch will have updates on this story.

peanut622 May 14, 2012 at 08:00 PM
no c'mon please give scott a break poor guy's been through enough send my regards on your dad and best wishes on your mom pal........................
careforall May 15, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I feel so sorry for scott and his family he has been through more than one should have to go through. But the car didn't cross the line it appears they met at the middle line around a turn and it was a horrific accident and a great loss. The drive of the car was found clean and sober and not speeding. It is a tragedy no matter what but please don't pass judgement just yet. He is a biker himself who holds the utmost respect for bikes on the road in general. My heart and prayers go out to all involved.
Frank Larry May 15, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I am truly saddened to hear of such a tragedy. He was one of the great good guys!
Larry Sayette May 15, 2012 at 02:12 PM
J was my father inlaw. He was the most noble and honorable man I know. He was a veteran that fought for our country with great courage. A great husband, father, Father in law, and an incredible Popop. I can't put in words how much he will be missed.
Mary Anne May 15, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I was truly saddened to learn about this accident. Kathy and her husband are such wonderful people. Kathy is the heart and soul of the Butler Senior lunch program, always going above and beyond to help. I pray that she will recover soon and I hold her and her family in my prayers.
Ariana Cohn-Sheehan (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Hi everyone, We've posted an update on Kathleen Fairlamb's condition here: http://patch.com/A-trr9 If you would like to have your memories of Preston Fairlamb Jr. or photos included in a special memorial article we are working on, please email me at ariana.cohn-sheehan@patch.com today and include your full name, town you live in and relation.
Don Giantonio May 15, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Although we knew Jay for only a short while, we had the great pleasure of having dinner with he and Kathy a few times. His son-in-law Larry Sayette could not have put it more succinctly...what an Honerable Man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this most difficult time. - Laura & Don Giantonio
ralph & leighann spinosa May 16, 2012 at 02:00 PM
our thoughts and prayers are with the families. we are truly sorry for your loss. his daughter and son in-law are long time friends. it breaks our hearts that they have lost one of the most important people in their lives. find strength in each other to help mrs. fairlamb and the families heal. again we are deeply sorry and are here for anything you may need. we love you both.
JenS May 16, 2012 at 11:33 PM
When is the funeral for Mr. Fairlamb?
Pete Zaleski May 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The world has lost a kind soul who lived a life of honor, courage and commitment. I only knew Jay for a short time but I will always remain honored to call him my firend. May he RIP and my thoughts and prayers go out to Kathleen and family. Many are sharing your grief and loss. God Bless you.
Larry Sayette May 09, 2013 at 03:03 PM
It has been nearly a year since My Father In-law has been gone. It still seems like it happened yesterday. He comes up in nearly every conversation. I see in my son his sense of humor and my daughter has his picture on her dresser. It is hard to think of all that he is missing...he was THE POPOP. The first to visit with ice cream when the little ones were sick, the first at my house when something broke and my level of incompetence would stop me from wielding a tool like Thor's hammer. I miss sitting by the pool with him having a beer. I miss not seeing him at the head of the table. It seems there will always be an empty seat. We love you and miss you.


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