An NYPD highway officer was left in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle by a reported drunk driver early
Tuesday morning, police said.
The Highway Unit officer was on the scene of an incident on the Long Island Expressway at Clearview around 2 a.m. when a car hit the officer . according to an NYPD spokesperson. He was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens where he was pronounced dead.
A woman who was driving the car was taken into custody.
The fallen officer is a 43 year old, 14 year veteran Officer Anastasios Tsakos. Officer Tsakos leaves behind a wife and two small children.
The driver, who was identified by police as 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, sped from the scene with a ‘completely shattered’ windshield. She was arrested and charged with:
Vehicular Manslaughter (2 Counts)
Flee Officer in Motor Vehicle
Leave Accident – Result in Death
Aggravated Unlicensed Operator
Operating Motor Vehicle .08 of 1% Alcohol
DWI – 1st Offense
Motor Vehicle License Violation: No License
Right of Way Violation: Emergency Motor Vehicle
Collide with Emergency Vehicle
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