Alleged Drunk Driver Charged after Crash Kills Passenger


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According to The Journal News, an off-duty police officer is suspected of drunk driving and crashing into a tree, killing his passenger, in White Plains, New York.

Details of Fatal Crash

Harry Kyreakedes, 27, and his long-time friend, 27-year-old Isaac Ward, were driving on Mamaroneck Avenue near Rutherford Avenue at around 3:00 a.m. local time. Officials say Kyreakedes crashed into a tree, trapping himself and Ward inside.

The Journal News reports that Kyreakedes remained conscious but Ward was unresponsive following the crash. After being extricated, Ward was taken to White Plains Hospital Center where he would succumb to his injuries. Kyreakedes was transported to Westchester Medical Center for serious injuries to his legs.

Officials say Kyreakedes had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23 percent at the time of the fatal accident – almost three times the legal limit. The off-duty New Rochelle police officer faces a vehicular manslaughter charge as well as driving while intoxicated. According to The Journal News, the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Crash Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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