QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A 14-year veteran of the New York City Police Department was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway early Tuesday, reports the New York Post.
The victim was 43-year-old Anastasios Tsakos, who was assigned to Highway 3. Officer Tsakos was among a group of officers responding to a previous accident on the ramp from the eastbound LIE to the Clearview Expressway.
Police said he was diverting traffic at the scene near Francis Lewis Boulevard when he was struck shortly before 2 a.m. by a 2013 Volkswagen driven by 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead. Investigators said she had swerved to avoid other cars and struck the officer while he was standing next to his marked vehicle. Beauvais was driving under the influence and had a suspended license, the NYPD said. She was apprehended a short time later after initially leaving the scene.
Beauvais now faces multiple criminal charges, including two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and DWI. Her blood alcohol content was nearly double the legal limit, police said.
Officer Tsakos was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Queens. He was a married father of a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.
At a news conference, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “We stand here this morning reminded once again, in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job. We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home and a shattered NYPD family.”
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