Off-duty NYPD officer killed in collision with parks department truck

January 16, 2019 - 1:00 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An off-duty police officer was killed in a collision with a parks department truck on Wednesday morning.

Police identified the off-duty officer as 28-year-old Brian Kessler of Westchester County. Kessler, who worked the overnight shift, has been on the job for less than 9 months on the job, the PBA said. He leaves behind a fiance, the PBA said. 

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NYPD Officer killed in the Bronx
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The collision ocurred at the Bartow traffic circle in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.

Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Bronx, released details of the collision in the following statement:

"This morning at approximately 8:20 a.m., off-duty Police Officer Brian Kessler, assigned to Police Service Area #8, was driving home in his private vehicle, and was involved in a vehicle collision, immediately after completing his tour of duty in lower Manhattan. The collision occurred in front of 870 Shore Road, here in the Bronx."

"The preliminary investigation reveals that Officer Kessler was driving his vehicle northbound on Shore Road and was involved in a head on collision with a Parks Dept collection vehicle." 

"Officers assigned to the 45th Precinct and NYPD Emergency Services Unit along with members of the Fire Department responded to a 911 call.  FDNY personnel extricated the officer from the vehicle and NYPD ESU personnel administered CPR as the officer was being transported via EMS to Jacobi Hospital.  Unfortunately, Officer Kessler was pronounced deceased at 9:15 a.m."

"Two Parks Dept. employees in the Parks Dept. vehicle suffered minor injuries and were also transported to Jacobi Hospital. We would like to thank members of the NYPD and FDNY for their quick response, as well as the staff here at Jacobi Hospital for all that was done in an attempt to save our officer. I would also like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kessler Family and the extended NYPD family for their loss."