QUEENS, NY – A jury found a woman guilty in connection with a 2021 crash that led to the death of an NYPD detective, according to a WCBS report.
34-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, Long Island, was convicted of aggravated manslaughter for the incident that occurred along the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
Authorities said Beauvais was driving a Volkswagen Passat while drunk on April 27, 2021 when she struck and killed Officer Anastasios Tsakos, and then fled the scene. Tsakos, a 14-year NYPD veteran, had been responding to a previous crash on an LIE ramp entrance when he was hit. Beauvais was apprehended a few blocks away. Prosecutors said Beauvais hit a patrol car and nearly struck another police officer while trying to flee the scene.
She was alleged to have been driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit, and was speeding at the time of the crash while ignoring flashing lights and traffic cones. Beauvais will face up to 15 years in prison when she is sentenced.
“The defendant had absolutely no business being behind the wheel,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “Her selfish decision-making and recklessness led to a horrific, senseless tragedy that left Detective Tsakos’ widow to raise their two young children without their father. We are grateful for the jury’s verdict and hope it brings at least some measure of solace to the detective’s loved ones.”
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