You are reading

NYPD Officer Killed By Hit-And-Run Drunk Driver on LIE in Queens

NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos (Facebook)

April 27, 2021 By Christina Santucci

A 43-year-old police officer – who was directing traffic at the scene of a fatal crash – was killed by a hit-and-run driver on the Long Island Expressway in Fresh Meadows early Tuesday morning.

NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the department, had been diverting traffic off of the eastbound lanes of the highway at about 2 a.m. when he was fatally struck by a 2013 Volkswagen.

The Volkswagen driver, Jessica Beauvais, allegedly fled the scene and was later apprehended on the Horace Harding Expressway, according to the NYPD.

Police said that 32-year-old Beauvais was allegedly intoxicated and driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash. The Hempstead woman is now facing charges including vehicular manslaughter, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said.

Beauvais was also hit with charges including reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, reckless driving and driving while intoxicated, the NYPD said.

Shea called Tsakos’ death a “senseless and completely avoidable chain of events.”

Authorities said they believed Beauvais was aware that she had hit a person with her car.

“When you see images of her car and the windshield that is completely shattered as well as damage to the front of the car, there is no way to not know,” Shea said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Shea and Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, held a news conference outside New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens.

“We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home and a shattered NYPD family,” Shea said.

De Blasio and Shea said they had spent time with Tsakos’ widow. “The pain she is going through, there are no words for,” the mayor said.

Tsakos also leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

Lynch described Tsakos as embodying the highest compliments customary for police officers – “He was a cops’ cop and a good guy,” Lynch said.

Tsakos had been assisting at the scene of a single-car accident in which a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near Francis Lewis Boulevard and caught fire at about 12:30 a.m.

NYPD officers had pulled the occupants out of the flaming vehicle, and one of the two passengers was killed, Shea said.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Man sought in attempted rape at a Jamaica subway station that was thwarted by a good Samaritan: NYPD

Police from the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows are looking for a suspect who attempted to rape a 20-year-old woman inside a Jamaica Hills subway station early Saturday morning before a good Samaritan came to her rescue.

The victim was exiting a Queens-bound F train at the 169th Street station on Hillside Avenue just after midnight when a stranger began to follow her. Once inside the mezzanine level, the assailant punched her in the face multiple times while she tried to cover her face.

Former Queens cop indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, swindling investors out of millions: Feds

A former city cop from Bellerose was arrested by federal agents on Wednesday and indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly swindling investors out of nearly $5 million they put into the foreign exchange-focused investment fund he founded in 2020.

Jason Rodriguez, 37, was named in an indictment unsealed in Brooklyn federal court for allegedly promising investors in his forex-focused fund that there would be a “loss reserve account” that could be used to repay investors if the company lost money trading. Rodriguez, the Chief Operating Officer of Technical Trading Team, LLC, also promised investors that he would never risk more than 1% of assets under management on any single trade and would not hold positions open overnight, according to the indictment.

Southeast Queens man killed in collision with tractor trailer on Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica: NYPD

A Southeast Queens man was killed when he crashed into a tractor trailer in Jamaica on Monday morning.

Ray Holman, 67, of 220th Street in Brookville, was behind the wheel of a maroon 2015 Infiniti QX8 SUV traveling southbound on the Van Wyck Expressway when he struck a 2016 International 18-wheeler that was also traveling southbound, police said. The incident took place near the Linden Boulevard exit shortly after 10:35 a.m.