A drunk driver going the wrong way on a Long Island parkway reportedly hit a car being driven by an off-duty New York City police officer, killing him.
The 35-year-old officer, Andre Menzies, was going east on the Northern State Parkway shortly after midnight when his car was struck. He died at the scene. The driver of the van that hit him, Michael Bowen, suffered minor injuries. He was arrested at the scene on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Bowen was ordered held on $350,000 cash bail at his arraignment, according to a spokeswoman for the Suffolk County district attorney. He was represented by an attorney from Legal Aid. Menzies had worked for the New York Police Department for nine years and is survived by a wife and two small children, ages 9 and 7.
Off-duty NYC police officer killed in LI car crash The Journal News (AP) November 15, 2010