The NYPD officer from Valley Stream who was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the New Jersey Turnpike last month will be laid to rest Tuesday on Long Island.
Vincent Harrison, 26, a rookie cop, and another driver crashed near Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Feb. 28; he was looking over his vehicle when he was then struck by an Infiniti, according to New Jersey State Police.
That driver, William Espinal-Mejia, 35, of Linden, New Jersey, hit the off-duty officer at about 3:28 a.m., police said.
He is charged with second-degree leaving the scene of an accident and turned himself into authorities a day after the accident, police said.
Harrison’s burial is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office said that after the first accident Harrison reportedly had his gun drawn and “exited his vehicle and engaged in an exchange of words with the other driver.”
Mark Spivey, a spokesman for the Prosecutor’s office, said the circumstances in which Harrison drew his weapon “remains under investigation.” He said he was unsure if the gun was Harrison’s NYPD service weapon.
With Anthony M. DeStefano and Nicole Fuller