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He strangles 21-year-old woman, then rams police car head-on in suicide attempt, prosecutor says

Photo Credit: BY DAVE McCLELLAND: The crime scene in Ridgefield

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A bloodied man who police believe had just strangled an ex-girlfriend drove her car head-on into a police cruiser with the woman’s body still in the passenger seat, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. The lifeless body of 21-year-old Viviana Tulli of Saddle Brook was found in the car driven by David Goodell, 30, of Clifton (formerly of Ridgefield Park) after the crash, he said.


PHOTO BY DAVE McCLELLAND:
The crime scene in Ridgefield

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Police got a call just after 1 o’clock this afternoon of “a male standing adjacent to a vehicle parked in the front lot of Ridgefield Park High School who seemed disoriented and was bleeding,” Molinelli said.

Goodell ignored the orders of the first officer on the scene to turn off his vehicle and instead backed up, nearly hitting him, the prosecutor said.

With police cars chasing, Goodell drove into a cul-de-sac of Elizabeth Street just off Abbott Avenue in Ridgefield, he said. After turning around, Goodell then “intentionally drove head-on into [a] Ridgefield marked” car, Molinelli said.

Police arrested him and took him to Hackensack University Medical Center “with what appear to be self-inflicted wounds to his wrists” with what likely was a box cutter, the prosecutor said.

They also found the body of Tulli, a Garfield High School Class of 2007 graduate, in the passenger seat, he said.


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