NYPD Cop Kills Pedestrian In DWI Crash

NYPD Cop Kills Pedestrian In DWI Crash

The New York Daily News reported that Joseph McClean, an NYPD cop, received DWI and vehicular manslaughter charges. McClean, who was off-duty in Staten Island, hit a pedestrian, managed to kill him, and fled the scene of crime. He had been working a 4 p.m. to midnight shift and was driving on Richmond Terrace when he hit the 51 year old pedestrian, William Hemphill.

According to sources, Hemphill was a union operating engineer, renting a room above the bodega he was just leaving to cross the street to enter the Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company shipping office, where he worked. Mike Kalbouneh, the bodega owner, stated, “The guy hit him so hard he landed a block away. He hit him and he kept on going.” William Vidal, a resident down the block from the bodega, told sources that he heard a loud “Boom!” that sounded like two cars colliding… he said he looked out the window and saw Hemphill “literally flipping” through the air.

Approximately 15 minutes after the accident and the arrival of paramedics, McClean returned to the crime scene and confessed to the responding officials. He told the officers that he drove just a few blocks away before choosing to turn around. He refused to take a field sobriety test, but agreed to take a Breathalyzer exam. The exam was able to determine that he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.076, which is a bit below the 0.08 legal limit. Legal officers stated that McClean smelled of alcohol, had a flushed face, watery eyes and slurred speech. He received charges for DWI and vehicular manslaughter, and a $50,000 bail bond. Hemphill’s daughter stated, “He (McClean) is supposed to protect and serve, but…he was drinking and driving and took my dad’s life in a minute and left him like a piece of trash on the side of the road.”

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled New York DWI attorney for legal assistance.

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