Off-Duty Officer Killed In Racing Crash, Woman’s Foot Severed In Incident
Syracuse.com reports that an off-duty officer was killed, and another woman’s foot was severed in a New York City crash. The crash occurred on the northbound FDR Drive at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The 25-year-old officer was speeding when he lost control of his vehicle and mounted the center median. First responders who came to the scene after the 911 call found the driver unconscious and unresponsive. Two passengers were ejected from the vehicle and ended up in the southbound lanes.
All three of the victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where the driver was pronounced dead on arrival. His name was not immediately released, but police said he was an officer with the New York Police Department.
The two passengers identified as a male and a female were in serious but stable condition. The woman’s foot was reportedly severed.
One report indicated that the off-duty officer was racing against another vehicle when the crash occurred.
With the popularity of movies like the Fast & Furious franchise, street racing has become a popular illegal activity. While the dangers of street racing may seem self-evident, it poses unique risks that aren’t worth taking. The first is that street racing often takes place at speeds in excess of 100 m.p.h. The faster that a car is traveling, the more potential damage can be done to other vehicles and occupants.
While the victims are often drivers of the racing vehicles, onlookers are also likely to suffer from harm. Large groups of onlookers are known to attend underground street racing events, putting them in harm’s way from crashes and the flying debris that can accompany them.