Intoxicated Police Officer Causes Deadly Car Accident

Intoxicated Police Officer Causes Deadly Car Accident


 A police officer who was driving while intoxicated rear-ended a car, causing it to strike a tree and light pole. As a result of the crash, the driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman, was killed. The accident occurred on the morning of Sunday, April 23rd, at about 4:00 a.m., close to Rockaway Boulevard in Queens. The police officer, Neville Smith, age 32, who is employed at the 48th Precinct in the Bronx, was operating a Mercedes south on the Van Wyck Expressway.

The driver of the Honda, Vanessa Raghubar, age 22, of Elmont, L.I., was immediately taken to Jamaica Hospital, where her condition was described as critical. She died on Monday, April 24th. Ms. Raghubar’s sister, age 21, was a passenger in the car, and suffered severe injuries. A man, age 20, was also injured.

Ms. Raghubar had been out with family and friends in celebration of her sister’s birthday. She was the group’s designated driver.

Officer Smith sustained minor injuries to the head and neck. He was charged while still in his hospital bed, and ordered to be held on $300,000 bail. According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, he faces the following charges:

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Criminally negligent homicide

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