06/16/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Bronx, NY – On May 16, 2010, at approximately 6:30 a.m., an off-duty New York City police officer crashed his car on the Bronx River Parkway. The accident resulted in the death of the driver and a second officer who was a passenger in the vehicle. The crash also seriously injured four women. Information on the crash was reported by TopWireNews.com and The New York Times.
Authorities announced Wednesday, June 16, 2010, that the officer had a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, according to The New York Times.
Officer Hoyoung Kim, 32, was found to have a BAC of 0.16 percent after toxicology tests were performed. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.
Police identified the two officers as 32-year-old Hoyoung Kim and 25-year-old Edwin Paulino of the 32nd precinct in Harlem. Kim was the driver.
The other passengers were identified as Shirley Torres, 26, Melina Ramirez, 22, Iris Gomez Ramirez, 27, and Jasmine Ramirez, 20. All were reported to be in serious but stable condition at Jacobi Hospital after they were thrown from the vehicle.
The officers had offered the women a ride home from the party.
Police initially refused to discuss the accident in detail, and labeled the cause of the crash as driver inattentiveness.
The families of the women injured in the crash are reportedly filing a lawsuit against the city.
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