An NYPD officer from Long Island who was severely injured last June when he was dragged by a car in Brooklyn has made small steps toward recovery but still has a long way to go, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Wednesday.
Dalsh Veve, 35, of North Baldwin, was in a coma for weeks after he suffered a head injury when a car he approached suddenly sped away, dragging him about three blocks.
Veve suffered what officials said were “catastrophic” injuries. He finally progressed to the point where he could recognize his wife Ester and their 2-year-old daughter Dashi.
Asked about Veve’s condition on Wednesday, O’Neill said there seems to be “some progress in his cognitive abilities.”
O’Neill, however, stressed that due to the severity of the injuries, recovery will likely take a long time.
The commissioner made his comments after giving his “State of The NYPD” address at a breakfast in Manhattan.
A 15-year-old reputed gang member from Brooklyn was allegedly behind the wheel of the stolen car Veve stopped. He has been charged with attempted murder.
Veve, a patrol officer at the time of the dragging, was promoted to the rank of detective in October.