In the early hours of Tuesday, Anastasios Tsakos, a veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD) and father of two young children, was killed in a car accident.
Tsakos was diverting traffic from a recent fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway in Queens when the horrific incident occurred. In this case, he was hit by a moving car, and a suspected drunk driver was arrested.
On Tuesday morning, before 2 a.m., the incident occurred. In the eastbound lanes of the LIE near Francis Lewis Boulevard, Tsakos was hit by a 2013 Volkswagen.
He was 43 years old.
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NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “We stand here this morning reminded once again, in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job,”
“We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home and a shattered NYPD family.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed sympathy for Officer Tsakos’ family. De Blasio said, “It’s a very, very painful moment. Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos gave 14 years to this city protecting people, and that’s what he was doing this evening. He was out there trying make sure that everyone was safe,”
He added, “And he is dead because someone drove under the influence and recklessly. Someone drove with a suspended license. He’s dead because he was at an accident where people had driven recklessly also with a suspended license,”
Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Hempstead, who was reportedly intoxicated and driving with a revoked license, swerved to avoid hitting Tsakos, who was standing next to his designated vehicle. Tsakos was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Beauvais initially fled the scene after colliding with Tsakos, but she was apprehended shortly after.
She is also charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal accident, aggravated unlicensed operator, and driving a motor vehicle.
Reckless driving, driving without a license, DWAI alcohol, collide with an emergency vehicle, and right of way violation: emergency motor vehicle are among the charges she faces.
People not being responsible while on the lane, according to the mayor, leads to deaths.
This morning, @NYPDHighway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, a husband & father of 2 young kids, was tragically killed while protecting NYers.
Officer Tsakos is survived by his wife and two children (6-years-old daughter and a 3-years-old son). His neighbors, who knew him as “Tasso,” are saddened by his tragic death, according to a post.
He and his family had moved to an East Northport neighborhood last summer and had fit in well. Tsakos’ neighbor, Moyra Bletsch, described him as a “family guy, sweet as can be, and the most hardworking person you’d ever want to meet.”