Off-duty NYPD officer killed, 2 passengers injured in FDR crash

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November 16, 2019 - 10:27 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – An off-duty NYPD officer was killed in a crash that also injured two passengers on the FDR Drive early Saturday morning.

Police said the 25-year-old man was driving a black Lexus sedan near 23rd Street when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a center median around 2:30 a.m.

Citizen App video shows a large emergency response and heavy traffic on the FDR.

The driver was rushed to Bellevue Hospital with severe head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A man and a woman, also 25, were in the car at the time of the accident and ejected from the vehicle. They were in serious but stable condition Saturday after being rushed to the hospital in critical condtion, police said.

The man, who is an off-duty member of the FDNY, has a leg injury. The woman's foot was severed in the crash, police said.

The roadway was shut down in both directions for several hours but has since reopened.

Police said the cause of the accident is unknown but that speed is believed to have been a factor.

The New York Post identified the officer as Garman Chen and released video appearing to show the black Lexus flying down the FDR before crashing into the median in an explosion of sparks.

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