A 43-year-old NYPD officer died of his accidents after being struck by a drunk driver with a suspended license on the Lengthy Island Expressway in Queens early Tuesday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea mentioned.
Anastasio Tsakos, a 14-year veteran who was assigned to Freeway Three, was the daddy of a 6-year-old daughter and a Three-year-old son, Shea mentioned at a press convention.
The freeway officer was investigating a earlier accident on the freeway in Contemporary Meadows round 2 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a 2013 Volkswagen, in response to Shea.
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Tsakos was taken to New York-Presbyterian Queens, the place he died.
The motive force of the Volkswagen, a 32-year-old girl from Hempstead who was allegedly driving below the affect and with a suspended license, was apprehended close by.
She faces costs as much as vehicular manslaughter, he mentioned.
“We stand right here this morning reminded as soon as once more in legislation enforcement, there is no such thing as a such factor as a routine job,” Shea mentioned. “We stand right here devastated and attempting to choose up the items of what’s a shattered house, and a shattered NYPD household.”
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Tsakos was directing visitors following a previous accident that occurred on the eastbound Lengthy Island Expressway ramp to the Clearview Expressway, Shea mentioned.
Three folks had been injured in that crash, one critically. As Tsakos was directing visitors, he was struck by the passing Volkswagen.
Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned on the press convention that Tsakos “is lifeless as a result of he was at an accident the place folks had pushed recklessly additionally with a suspended license — we see right here a horrendous sample.
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“A hero officer who did every little thing proper in his life for us. And he’s lifeless due to different folks’s negligence,” Hizzoner mentioned, including that he and Shea had simply hung out with the officer’s widow, Irene.
“A number of hours in the past, she was trying ahead to seeing her husband once more and now she received’t,” de Blasio mentioned.
This report initially appeared within the New York Put up.