A 43-year-old NYPD officer died of his injuries after being struck by a drunk driver on the Long Island Expressway in Queens early Tuesday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said.
Anastasi Tsakos, who was assigned to Highway 3, was the father of a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference.
The highway officer was investigating a previous accident on the highway in Fresh Meadows at around 2 a.m. when he was struck by the vehicle, according to police.
Tsakos was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, where he later died.
The driver of the 2013 Volkswagen, a 32-year-old woman from Hempstead, was apprehended at the scene.
She was driving with a suspended license and was under the influence, Shea said. The woman is expected to be charged with vehicular manslaughter, he said.
“We stand here this morning reminded once again in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job,” Shea said. “We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home, and a shattered NYPD family.”
Tsakos was directing traffic following a prior accident that happened on the eastbound Long Island Expressway ramp to the Clearview Expressway, Shea said.
Three people were injured in that crash, one critically. As Tsakos was directing traffic, he was struck by the passing Volkswagen.