Two police officers were killed while their four female companions were injured after their vehicle figured in an accident on the Bronx River Parkway.
Police identified the officers as 25-year-old Edwin Paulino and 32-year-old Kim Hoyoung. They were pinned inside the wreckage the 2009 Nissan Altima that they were riding in and were pronounced dead at the scene. Their female passengers were reportedly thrown from the vehicle.
The accident happened at 6:30 in the morning on Sunday. An article on the New York Post indicated that the cops were driving home from a birthday party for another police officer. Their vehicle hit a guardrail near the 233rd Street exit and flipped over.
Police investigators have, at this time, attributed the accident to “driver inattentiveness”; no other vehicles were involved in the accident, and speed was ruled out as a contributory factor to the accident. Blood tests are reportedly being conducted on the two officers to verify whether drugs or alcohol may have anything to do with the accident.
It was indicated in the New York Post article that the cops may have been intoxicated while driving. The sister of one of the injured women, Melina Ramirez, revealed that her sister shared with her that the cops had indicated that they were “a little tipsy” but were able to drive.
The women passengers had only met Paulino and Hoyoung at the party and were getting a ride home from them.