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Officer Dies In Garbage Truck Crash

ABC 7 New York reports on a fatal crash involving an off-duty NYPD officer and a city garbage truck.

A horrific accident claimed the life of an off-duty New York Police Department officer early on the morning of Wednesday, January 16, 2019. 28-year-old Brian Kessler, who was assigned to Police Service #8 of the housing bureau, was fatally injured in a head-on collision with a garbage truck.

Kessler was heading home after working the overnight shift when the accident occurred on Shore Road at 8:20 a.m. Kessler collided head-on with a City Parks Department garbage truck. The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene and suffered from minor injuries.

Kessler was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He had graduated from the Police Academy last October and had been assigned to PSA 8 for three months. He had recently become engaged.

Authorities are still investigating the accident, but it is believed that icy roads were a factor.

Ice presents a treacherous hazard on roadways. When ice is involved, it’s best to try and stay off the roads, but that is not always an option. If you must drive on ice, it is important to reduce your speed. Even at speeds as low as 10 mph, you can lose traction and lose control of your vehicle on an icy road. If you have to apply your brakes, do so slowly. If you begin fishtailing or sliding, one common mistake is to jerk the steering wheel in the opposite direction. This is the absolute wrong thing to do. Always turn into a slide. Try and plan a route that avoids inclines as much as possible. Following these tips can help to keep you safe if you absolutely have to drive on icy roads.

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