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Police: Off-duty NYPD cop from Hicksville killed in Brentwood LIE crash

Suffolk County police investigate a crash on the

Suffolk County police investigate a crash on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Brentwood Monday night that killed an NYPD cop from Hicksville, authorities said. Credit: Christopher Sabella

An off-duty NYPD officer was killed in a late-night, single-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway in Brentwood, authorities said.

Ryan McKenna, 30, of Hicksville, was driving a 2018 Nissan Frontier eastbound about 10:55 p.m. Monday when the pickup struck a median. The truck then overturned in the HOV lane, just west of Exit 53, Suffolk police said.

McKenna was taken to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

He had been a city cop since 2015 and most recently was assigned to the Woodside Houses, a Queen's public housing complex, the NYPD said.

It's the second time in less than two weeks that a crash on the LIE resulted in the death of an NYPD officer. Relatives of McKenna were not immediately available for comment.

On April 27, Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, of East Northport, was on duty and directing traffic on the expressway in Queens after a crash when a Hempstead woman driving drunk hit him, police said.

The NYPD posthumously promoted Tsakos to detective.

The driver, Jessica Beauvais, 32, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes in a 13-count indictment unsealed Monday.

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