Hickman was 46.
The chase began around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night when Millburn Police tried to detain Hickman at the mall in order to “conduct an investigation into the theft of a Louis Vuitton handbag from Neiman Marcus valued at $2,450.00 that occurred on 5/15/2011.”
Millburn police say they pursued Hickman by foot through the parking decks, then by car on Rt. 24.
Lt. Stephen Jones of the NJ State Police says that state police pursued Hickman on I-78. Hickman ultimately turned onto the Rt. 440 and collided with a Port Authority police vehicle on the Geothals bridge, causing Hickman’s vehicle to catch fire.
Hickman jumped 80 feet from the bridge to the water and was found conscious and talking, according to Jones, but died of his injuries around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.