An off-duty New York City policeman was murdered and a member of the FDNY was one of two seriously injured after their car smashed into a median while speeding on a highway early Saturday daylight, police said.
NYPD officers and emergency personnel returned to a 911 call at around 2:38 a.m. of a single-vehicle crash on the northbound side of the FDR near East 23 St. including a black 2016 Lexus sedan.
Once on the scene, police found three injured parties, including a male driver, 25, who was discovered inside the car “unconscious and unresponsive” with “severe head injury.”
Manhattan | FDR Drive.
1 person killed, two others are in critical but stable condition after a single-vehicle crash on the FDR Drive n/b near E. 23rd St. pic.twitter.com/dpYmcMYKBS
— New York City 911 (@NYC_Alerts911) November 16, 2019
He was brought to Bellevue Hospital where he was declared dead. He is considered to be an off-duty NYPD officer, the New York Post reported telling law enforcement.
Pictures from the scene showed the car completely covered around a beam in the center divider with the roof torn off.
Two other personalities, a 25-year-old male and female, were seen outside the vehicle in the southbound lane later being ejected by the impact of the collision.
— SMASH BLOCK T.V. (@SmashBlockTV) November 16, 2019
An FDNY spokesperson verified the News Saturday that the male passenger was a cop of the department. He was brought to the hospital in serious condition with wounds to his leg and torso but is now noted as stable.
The female passenger was also brought to the hospital in serious condition but was noted as stable. An NYPD spokesperson stated in an email that her right foot was cut in the accident.
Prosecutors said that the car was moving at an “apparent high rate of speed” at the time of the mishap.
Officials have not cleared the victim’s names.