Jessica Beauvais, 32, was arraigned on Tuesday in a New York court on vehicular manslaughter charges.
Beauvais is accused of drinking and smoking marijuana before causing a fatal car accident along the Long Island Expressway that killed NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos, a father of two.
Authorities say the woman’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal amount allowed and that she tried to flee the scene of the accident, NBC New York reported.
Beauvais has since apologized for her careless act. “I’m sorry because I hit him and that he’s dead,” she was heard tearfully saying as she was walked out of the police station in handcuffs.
Killed by an intoxicated driver early this morning, @NYPDHighway Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos loved his family and the city he was dedicated to protecting for the past 14 years. As the NYPD and NYC mourn this tragic loss, we make a solemn vow to #NeverForget Anastasios. pic.twitter.com/kjGADuGzOW
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 27, 2021
To make matters worse, the 32-year-old’s driver’s license was suspended at the time of the accident for failure to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment resulting from a speeding conviction, police reported.
Tsako’s, 43 and a 14-year veteran of the police department leaves behind his wife Irene and their two children, a 6-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son.
“Her choices led to the death of a New York City police officer,” Lynch said. “Yes, she’s sorry – not for the debt – but that she got caught,” Pat Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, stated during her court hearing.
Beauvais neighbors have since made statements on her actions, “When someone drives irresponsibly, it’s not about them. It’s about the other person, so this innocent family…I’m just so sorry,” neighbor Earlene Hooper said.