Off-Duty Cop Accused of NY DWI in Pedestrian Death

An off-duty police officer was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter early Sunday morning in Brooklyn. Around 1:00 am, New York City cop Andrew Kelly struck and killed Vionique Valnord as she was trying to hail a cab after attending a wedding reception. Valnord was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. Several passengers, including at least one additional police officer, were in Kelly’s Jeep Cherokee at the time of the accident.

Officers responding to the scene detected alcohol on Kelly’s breath and initiated an investigation. Kelly, 30, was booked for DWI in NY and released after posting $200,000 bond. A spokesperson with the police union refused immediate comment regarding the NYC drunk driving incident and the pedestrian death.

Valnord’s father, a pastor at a Brooklyn church, delivered a Sunday morning sermon as scheduled.

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