WPIX—Investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in Sunday morning's crash on the Bronx River Parkway in which two off-duty police officers were killed and four passenges seriously injured.
The 2009 Nissan Altima was traveling northbound on the parkway around 6:30 a.m. when it slammed into a guard rail and flipped over, pinning 25 year old Edwin Paulino and 32 year old KimHoyoung inside. Both, off-duty at the time, were killed instantly. Four female passengers were thrown from the rear seat and suffered serious injuries. They remain in stable condition at Jacobi Medical Center.
Police closed a portion of the Bronx River Parkway for several hours after the accident to remove the wreckage and conduct an investigation.
One of the survivors told investigators that another vehicle had cut them off and they swerved in an effort to avoid a crash.
Officer Hoyoung was driving the vehicle, which he owned. Neighbors were shocked to hear of his death. The told PIX News that he was a good neighbor who always greeted them with a smile and a hello. He lived in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx with a brother.
Police are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to determine whether or not the two officers were drunk. In the meantime, investigators said their preliminary finding is that the accident was caused by "driver inattentitiveness," but would not elaborate.
Mayor Bloomberg called it a "tragic accident" and expressed his sympathies to the officer's' families.