NYPD Officer Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver In Queens


A 43-year-old NYPD officer was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver early Tuesday morning in Queens, police Commissioner Dermot Shea stated.

“We stand right here devastated and making an attempt to choose up the items of what’s a shattered residence and a shattered NYPD household,” he stated, including {that a} “mindless and fully avoidable chain of occasions” resulted in Officer Anastasio Tsakos’s demise.

Tsakos, a 14-year veteran and member of Freeway Unit 3, had been on the scene of a collision on the Lengthy Island Expressway in Clearview that occurred earlier than 2 a.m. Tsakos had been diverting visitors from that crash when a 32-year-old lady driving a 2013 Volkswagen struck him “head-on,” Shea stated.

The lady, recognized as Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, Lengthy Island, drove away from the scene however was subsequently apprehended; “She is now dealing with fees as much as vehicular manslaughter,” Shea stated, “and we now know she was driving with a suspended license and was intoxicated on the time.”

Tsakos, who was married and was the daddy of a six-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens, the place he died from his accidents.

The preliminary crash that Tsakos and different officers had been investigating concerned a automobile that struck a utility pole round 12:30 a.m. That automobile had three occupants and was on fireplace requiring emergency responders to tug the folks out. Shea stated the rear passenger died.

“He is lifeless as a result of he was at an accident the place folks had pushed recklessly additionally with a suspended license,” Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated. “He is lifeless due to different folks’s negligence.”

Simply earlier than 9 a.m., police revealed that Beauvais is dealing with quite a few fees, together with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in demise, DWI, and colliding with an emergency automobile.

Reporting by Andy Mai.