Another cop has killed an innocent person and left another in critical condition after 4 surgeries. This time it was a drunken off-duty cop that refused to take a breathalyzer test. Hopefully the drunken cop will be held accountable like non officers would be.
A young woman died Monday, the day after an allegedly drunken off-duty cop slammed into the back of her car on the Van Wyck Expressway authorities said.
Sunday morning, about 4 a.m., Vanessa Raghubar, 22, was returning from her sister’s birthday celebration when Officer Neville Smith, 32, crashed his 2010 Mercedes-Benz into her Honda,according to officers.
The collision sent Raghubar’s car into a tree and a light pole, critically injuring her and her two passengers, reported NY Daily News.
The ambulance rushed the woman to Jamaica Hospital, along with her sister Maria Raghubar, 21, and her sister’s boyfriend, Justin Harricharran, 20, officials said.
Vanessa Raghubar was studying psychology at York College, and would have graduated in June.
“She had a great future ahead of her,” said her mother, Janice Perry. “We need justice. He needs to face the consequences for what he did. He did this to two innocent girls.”
Smith is a detective at the 48th Precinct and has been charged with vehicular assault, assault, driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a Breathalyzer test. It is possible there could be more or upgraded charges since Raghubar died because of the collision.
He also remained hospitalized Monday, and has not yet been arraigned in Queens Criminal Court.
Raghubar’s devastated aunt, Esther Mongul, who raised Vanessa as her own child, said Maria has not been told about her sister’s death because Maria is still in critical condition.
“She was the most understanding, giving, loving person. She never asked for anything for herself,” Mongul said. “She took care of me and my 92-year-old mother. Now I’m lost and all alone.”
Maria Raghubar has undergone four surgeries, Mongul said. Her pelvis was shattered, her bladder shredded and her arm broken.
“He was a cop and he was drunk. We want justice. He was supposed to protect us, not kill us,” Mongul said. “I’m heartbroken. I never thought when she left home Saturday she would never come back to me.”
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)