Drunk Driver Kills New York Police Officer

November 30, 2010 – Dix Hills, NY – According to a report from Eyewitness News New York, a drunk driver killed a New York City police officer on November 15, 2010.  Officer Andre Menzies, 35, was off duty at the time of the crash. He was traveling east around midnight on Northern State Parkway when Michael Bowen, 50, of Brooklyn, drove his Chevrolet van into Menzies’ vehicle. Bowen had been driving in the wrong direction.  According to police, Bowen admitted that he had consumed 2 glasses of Brandy before leaving Brooklyn. His destination was Mount Vernon, so police are unsure as to why he ended up on the Northern State Parkway.  Once Bowen realized he was lost, he made a u-turn and began driving the wrong way before crashing into Menzies. He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and was arrested afterward for reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.  Menzies had been with the police department for 9 years and was headed home after ending his shift at the Queens Housing Bureau.  Police are asking that any witnesses to the car accident contact them at 631-756-3300. Calls taken will be kept confidential.  According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.

To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:

  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • single-vehicle crashes;
  • rollover accidents; and
  • “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.

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