NEW YORK - A Long Island woman accused of the hit-and-run death of a veteran NYPD officer was indicted on multiple charges on Tuesday.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, of Hempstead, faces 13 counts including manslaughter, homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing from police, drunk driving, and other charges. She briefly appeared in court in Queens to be arraigned on the indictment.
Police say that Beauvais admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana before plowing into Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who was directing traffic at a fatal car crash on the Long Island Expressway.
Her blood-alcohol level was 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit, according to authorities.
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Tsakos lived with his wife and two children in East Northport. Neighbors remembered him as a doting father who parked his car at the foot of his driveway to prevent his kids from running into the street.
In a statement, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said, "This is a heartbreaking case that has left the police officer’s parents, his widow and their two young children and our entire community mourning his loss."
Beauvais hosted a podcast that was posted on Facebook hours before the crash late last month. In it, she directed expletives at police officers and sipped drinks.
She has pled not guilty to the charged. The judge denied bail. She is due back in court in July. If convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.
A photo shows NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos.