Drunk offduty NYPD cop drives car onto Brooklyn sidewalk, killing one


Via : nydailynews

A drunk off-duty copdrove his SUV onto a Brooklyn sidewalk early Saturday, killing one pedestrian and seriously injuring three others, officials said.
The victims, two men and two women, were walking by a townhouse on Bedford Ave. near North 8th St. in Williamsburg when rookie off-duty cop Nicholas Batka, 28, lost control of his grey 2012 Dodge Durango and mounted the curb just after 3 a.m., officials said.
“I ran over and this girl’s leg was in half,” said Ryan Carpenter, 27, who was walking home when he came upon the gruesome crash scene.

“I took my shirt off and tried to stop her from bleeding while trying to calm her. She kept screaming.”


NYPD cop Nicholas Batka killed a pedestrian and injured three more, driving drunk through Williamsburg just hours before he was scheduled to be back on the job, investigators said. (VIA FACEBOOK)

An employee from the Bedford Gourmet Food store across the street rushed over with ice and towels.
“I didn’t know what to do. Everyone panicked,” said the employee, who didn’t give his name.
“(The driver) was trying to back out too and kept going into the building. People were holding the driver from leaving.”
A woman struck by the SUV died after being rushed to Bellevue Hospital, police said. Her name was not immediately released.
A 21-year-old man was being treated for head trauma and a a 20-year-old woman was in stable condition at Bellevue, officials said.
A 24-year-old man was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with scrapes and bruises, cops said.
People come to the aid of someone injured in the accident.


(COURTESY ANGELICA ZIELINSKI)

At least five people were injured in the accident.

(VIC NICASTRO FOR NEW YORK DAILY )

At least five people were injured in the accident.

Batka has been charged with DWI and suspended from the force, NYPD Inspector Scott Shanley told reporters at the scene.
Additional charges against Batka, who joined the NYPD in January 2015 and worked for the Manhattan Transit Task Force, are pending, police said.
“His last day of work was July 12 and he was supposed to be at work at 7 a.m. this morning,” Shanley said.

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