New York cop faces DWI charge after fatal pedestrian accident

Police officers are typically expected to uphold a higher standard than most when it comes to following the law. When a police officer is accused of not upholding that standard, he or she may face serious personal and professional repercussions, in addition to the criminal consequences. This is currently the case with one New York police officer, who has been charged with DWI after allegedly striking a pedestrian while intoxicated, fatally wounding him.

According to reports, the accident occurred as the 51-year-old victim was crossing a Staten Island street shortly after 6 a.m. The man had just been to a deli to pick up food, and the deli owner heard the accident and witnessed the aftermath. The witness told police that the vehicle was speeding around 70 to 80 mph after striking the victim. The driver initially fled, but then returned to the scene within 10 minutes.

The accused is a 29-year-old police officer with the NYPD, who was off duty at the time. Police reports indicate that his truck sustained significant front-end damage, and he confessed to striking the victim. The officer who responded at the scene reported that the accused exhibited signs of intoxication that included slurred speech and the smell of alcohol on his breath.

In addition to the DWI charge, the accused was charged with vehicular manslaughter. It is not reported what potential sentence he may face if he is convicted. Regardless of the outcome, the accused likely has a difficult road ahead when it comes to his future. He would do well to work with someone who is knowledgeable about all facets of New York criminal law so he can pursue the best defense strategy. This may help him obtain the best possible outcome in his criminal case and minimize the damage to his personal life.

Source: NBC New York, NYPD Officer Charged with DWI After Killing Staten Island Pedestrian: Cops, No author, Oct. 7, 2013

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