Second Officer This Month Dies From Auto Accident
Police officers often risk their lives on a daily basis. However, the leading cause of police officer deaths in the line of duty may be surprising. The primary cause, most years, is vehicle crashes. According to the CDC, in the last 10 years, there has been one law enforcement officer killed every week in crashes that occurred while they were on-duty. Between 2007 and 2016, there were 1,512 law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 460 of these were due to motor-vehicle crashes, making up 30% of all fatalities. Another 130 were killed by being struck by a vehicle, making up 9% of the total.
The NY Post reports on the second law-enforcement officer this month killed in an auto accident while off-duty.
NYPD officer Vincent Persaud, who was assigned to the 101st Precinct, was killed in a car crash while on his way to work Wednesday morning.
The two-car crash took place at the corner of Peninsula Boulevard and Hempstead Avenue in Lynbrook at about 6:40 a.m.
Persaud, who was 31, was on his way to work in Queens at the time of the crash. He was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
The cause of the crash is unknown, but sources revealed to the post that Persaud’s BMW collided with a Toyota Sienna minivan and ran off the road. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Lynbrook Police Department.
Persaud is the second NYPD officer to die in a motor vehicle crash in April. NYPD Highway Patrol Officer Marc. St. Arromand was killed after losing control of the motorcycle he was driving to work.