A 32-YEAR-old woman was arrested in New York City in connection to the death of an NYPD highway officer the morning of April 27.
NYPD police commissioner Dermot Shea identified the driver as Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Hempstead, Long Island.
Who was the NYPD highway officer killed by a drunk driver?
The Highway Unit officer has been identified as 43-year-old Anastasios Tsakos.
Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the force, was killed after an intoxicated Beauvais struck him with her sedan near the Fresh Meadows neighborhood of Queens.
The 14-year veteran was married with two children, a 3 and 6-year-old, officials said.
NYPD Commissioner Shea called Tsakos an “extremely highly regarded member” of his highway unit.
Other officers, he added, described him as “a person who would never ask, ‘Why?’ — just ‘What do you need done?’”
Tsakos is the first New York City police officer to be killed while on duty this year.
How was Tsakos killed?
According to officials, Tsakos had been assigned to the Long Island Expressway to investigate a crash at around 12:30 April 27.
One person was reportedly killed in that crash after a vehicle struck a utility pole.
Tsakos was among the officers guiding traffic away from the area, said the police commissioner Shea.
While directing traffic, Beauvais hit the officer while behind the wheel of her 2013 Volkswagen hit him and sped off.
When asked whether it was possible that Beauvais didn't realize she had hit the officer, Shea said the damage to her vehicle was so extensive that "there's no way to not know that you struck an individual."
Tsakos was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens Hospital in critical condition, where he died.
What are the charges against the driver?
Beauvais was arrested shortly after the incident.
At the time of the crash, Beauvais' driver's license was apparently suspended for failure to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment concerning a speeding conviction.
Beauvais is now facing a litany of charges including vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a deadly accident, DWI and other offenses.
The 32-year-old allegedly blew a .15 – nearly twice the legal limit, according to a law enforcement official.
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