NYPD officer investigating fatal accident struck and killed by a drunk hit-and-run driver on Long Island Expressway
Queens, New York – According to an online news report posted on NYdailynews.com, a Queens Highway Officer was directing traffic around a fatal Long Island Expressway accident when the officer was tragically hit and killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver. The new report states that the driver was driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence of alcohol. The NYPD Highway Officer, A 43-year-old man, was directing traffic near Francis Lewis Boulevard from the eastbound lanes when a driver hit him “head-on “in a red Volkswagen Passat at approximately 2:00 in the morning.
The driver, a 32-year-old woman, hit the officer and then sped away to avoid arrest. However, the suspect was arrested about a mile away from the fatal pedestrian accident. According to the news report, the Hempstead woman was charged with DWI, several traffic violations, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and vehicle killer manslaughter.
The news report states that emergency medical services responded to the pedestrian accident and transported the 14 year NYPD veteran officer and father of two was transported to the New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital. That is where the officer tragically passed away due to the severity of his accident injuries.
According to Mayor de Blasio, the officer was assisting with the fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred at 12:30 in the morning that day. The accident also involves a motorist who is driving on a suspended license. According to the report, that driver, for some unknown reason, lost control of their vehicle and collided with the utility pole on the Long Island Expressway exit ramp to the Clearwater Expressway. A passenger in the motor vehicle died at the scene of the accident. The driver of that car and a second passenger were transported to a local area hospital for treatment of accident injuries. When police officers responded to the scene, they found the car was on fire. The officers discovered that they were occupants in the motor vehicle, and they broke the window and pulled people out of the burning car. The officer who was struck and killed by the drunk driver was directing traffic in the roadway beside his mark police car.
They suspected the fatal pedestrian accident is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is awaiting arraignment. According to a police source, the woman received a summons for speeding in Queens, New York, back in January 2020. The woman also received a court summons for speeding and for using her cell phone without a Bluetooth device in May 2018. In 2015, the suspect was also arrested for driving without a license In Manhattan’s Lower Eastside.
The fallen officer’s colleagues from NYPD highway patrol unit three describe the fallen officer as “the best of the best.”
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