EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — An NYPD police officer is facing numerous charges after suspected drunk driving led to a deadly collision in Brooklyn early Sunday, officials said.
According to police, off-duty cop Rohan Shaw, 47, was arrested on the scene after the devastating T-bone crash in East Flatbush, while the driver of the other vehicle is still in the wind.
Just before 5 a.m. Sunday officers responded to a 911 call of a collision involvin two vehicles at the intersection of Foster Avenue and East 55th Street, police said.
Cops arriving on scene found 23-year-old Joanna Dixon unconscious inside a Mazda sedan, as well as a 22-year-old woman injured but conscious in the same car, authorities said. Missing was the driver of that Mazda, according to police.
Officials said EMS rushed both women to nearby hospitals, where Dixon was pronounced dead. The second woman was admitted with serious injuries, police said.
According to the NYPD, off-duty cop Shaw was behind the wheel of a Nissan sedan traveling eastbound on Foster Avenue that crashed into the Mazda, traveling northbound on East 55th Street, causing the Mazda to spin into a telephone pole at the intersection, the NYPD said.
Shaw now faces a slew of charges, including vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, driving while ability impaired by alcohol and speeding, officials said.
The NYPD said Monday that Shaw has been suspended without pay.
The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office said Monday prosecution against Shaw has been deferred pending further investigation.
Police are still looking for the driver of the Mazda who apparently fled the scene on foot after the crash, according to authorities.