An off-duty NYPD officer was killed early Saturday morning in a car crash — and his two passengers were ejected into oncoming traffic — after he was apparently speeding on Manhattan's FDR Drive, according to the NYPD and a police source.
The crash happened just before 2:40 a.m. on the northbound side of the highway near 23rd Street when a 2016 black Lexus sedan struck the highway median, the NYPD said in a news release.
The driver, who is 25, is an off-duty NYPD officer, according to a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The driver was found unconscious inside the car.
The passengers, a man and a woman who are also 25, were ejected onto the southbound side of the highway, according to the release, which said "the female sustained a severed right foot."
Details such as how fast the off-duty officer was traveling were not immediately released, but the NYPD concluded that the car was traveling "at an apparent high rate of speed" before it "mounted the center median."
The occupants were taken to Bellevue Hospital Center, where the driver was pronounced dead, according to the release. The passengers are in serious but stable condition, the release said.