Woman arraigned in Queens hit-and-run crash that killed NYPD officer


QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – The woman charged with a hit-and-run crash that killed an NYPD officer last month was arraigned in Queens on Tuesday, according to Newsday.

This is an update to a previous story.

32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead pleaded not guilty as she appeared in Queens Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. She is facing a 13-count indictment in the case, with charges that include vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

Authorities said Beauvais was driving a Volkswagen Passat while drunk on the Long Island Expressway April 27 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.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors said Beauvais hit a patrol car and nearly struck another police officer while trying to flee the scene.

Beauvais was ordered to be continued to be held without bail and to return to court on July 27. If convicted, she faces 15 years in state prison.

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