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Off-duty cop driving wrong way on I-95 in Bronx is killed in fiery wreck – NY Daily News

Off-duty cop driving wrong way on I-95 in Bronx is killed in fiery wreck

Mt. Vernon police officer slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer: witnesses

By Erik Badia / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, March 29, 2012, 8:47 AM

Fire marshals investigate wreck on Interstate 95 in the Bronx. An off-duty police officer driving the wrong way was killed when he collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News

Fire marshals investigate wreck on Interstate 95 in the Bronx. An off-duty police officer driving the wrong way was killed when he collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

An off-duty Mount Vernon police officer driving the wrong way on Interstate 95 was killed in a fiery wreck in the Bronx early Thursday, witnesses and police sources said.

The 28 year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was heading south in the northbound lanes in Baychester when he slammed head-on into a tractor-trailer, according to motorists who saw the crash.

Witnesses and the driver of the truck said the officer got onto the highway in a white Lexus sedan heading the wrong way from the Gun Hill road exit ramp just past the interchange at the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Witnesses said the man’s car flew in the air after hitting the rig, exploded into a fireball and spun around multiple times before coming to rest in a burnt heap against the guard rail. The victim died at the scene.

A manager at the nearby Pelham Bay Diner on East Gun Hill Road, who would only give his name as Phil, said the man was an off-duty Mount Vernon police officer and that he had just left the restaurant after celebrating with friends before he got onto the highway heading the wrong way.

“He was here, but they weren’t intoxicated. They were drinking Pepsis,” he said of the officer.

The driver of the rig, Rene Campbell, 56, of Paterson, N.J., said he had no time to get out of the way of the speeding Lexus.

“It happened so fast, I had no time to react,” Campbell said, “I just saw these bright headlights. He was going so fast. I had no chance.”

Stuart DiMartini is a New York City personal injury lawyer and accident attorney.

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