Off-duty NYPD Officer Killed By Drunk Driver
September 15th, 2011|
September 14, 2011
A car crash in Long Island, New York, claimed the life of a 25-year-old off-duty NYPD officer over the weekend. At fault? A 20-year-old man who police say was driving drunk when he rear-ended the officer on the Southern State Parkway in Massapequa at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 11. The collision forced the officer’s Nissan Maxima to smash through a guardrail before flipping over and rolling into a wooded area. The drunk driver also reportedly hit another vehicle whose driver was not injured.
However, the officer was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center, while his 30-year-old girlfriend was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Shortly afterwards police arrested an East Meadow man on charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, assault and speeding. On Monday he was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the young officer had been a member of the NYPD since July 2008 and worked with the 106th Precinct.
“He wanted to become a cop after 9/11,” the cop’s father told the New York Daily News. “I gave him my blessing. And ironically he died on 9/11. 9/11 has a whole new meaning now … It’s the worst damned day ever.”