The Long Island, New York, woman who reportedly struck an NYPD police officer in a fatal hit-and-run accident has been charged with 13 counts, including aggravated manslaughter and aggravated criminally negligent homicide.
The woman, 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
What are the details?
According to a Monday report from the New York Post, Beauvais reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .15 — which is nearly twice the legal limit in New York — when she struck the officer with her sedan.
A purportedly drunken Beauvais — who was reportedly driving with a suspended license — was said to have struck NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos on April 27 while she was driving her vehicle on the Long Island Expressway in Queens.
Beauvais reportedly struck Tsakos — who was on the scene of another fatal motor vehicle accident — so hard that he flew 40 feet in the air before landing. Beauvais reportedly fled the scene. Her vehicle at that point had a caved-in windshield and a traffic cone wedged under the front of its chassis.
She reportedly told investigators that she had been drinking vodka in the hours that led up to the hit-and-run accident.
Just before the accident, Beauvais — a podcaster and radio host — recorded a lengthy anti-police rant in which she blasted the justice system and its police officers.
While discussing the Derek Chauvin trial, Beauvais quoted hip-hop group N.W.A and said, "Like N.W.A. say about the police, if you're going to kill me, at least I get to take someone with me."
"I'm one of those people," she said at the time. "If I'm going to go, someone is coming."
“What happened to fighting?" she also said during the podcast. “I grew up on fighting. I like to fight. My hands and my feet and teeth. It does something for me — what does it do for you? F***ing people up never stopped being a thing. Shooting people is still wack. It means you can't fight. It means you're a cop."
She added, "F*** the police."
During her initial arraignment, Beauvais said, "I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I hit him and now he's dead."
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