And yes, speeding was also involved.
Police officers have a duty to uphold the law even when they're off duty. Sadly, one NYPD officer is now likely heading to prison after a serious misjudged inncident. According to the New York Post, a drunken off-duty NYPD officer was involved in a deadly car crash early last Sunday in Brooklyn, New York. Officer Rohan Shaw was behind the wheel of a 2019 Nissan GT-R (not the vehicle pictured here) when the fatal accident occurred just before 5 a.m.
Not only was Shaw intoxicated, but he was also speeding when he t-boned a 2012 Mazda 6 sedan. Investigators believe the Mazda driver ran through a stop sign moments before the crash. It spun out of control and into a telephone pole. The Mazda's driver not only survived but fled the scene on foot, abandoning his passengers, one of whom was fatally injured. The second was in serious condition but is now listed as stable.
While not seriously injured, Shaw was soon arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. Needless to say, Shaw has since been suspended from the NYPD without pay pending an investigation.
A police source told the Post Shaw was previously working in the department's counter-terrorism bureau. It also turns out this particular intersection is notoriously dangerous.
One local resident stated accidents happen "all the time" and the overall situation is "very dangerous." Still, that doesn't excuse Shaw's and the unnamed Mazda 6 driver's actions. The aftermath of the accident not only left one person dead and one injured, but also debris from both vehicles scattered everywhere. Bits of glass, shattered plastic, and other car parts left a trail half a block long.