Off-Duty Mount Vernon Police Officer Reginal Velez Jr. Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-95

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Off-Duty Mount Vernon Police Officer Reginal Velez Jr. Killed In Wrong-Way Crash On I-95
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A 28-year-old off-duty Mount Vernon police officer who was engaged to be married was killed early Thursday morning when he drove his car the wrong way on Interstate 95 and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer and burst into flames, police said.

The crash occurred at around 2:35 a.m. near exit 11 on the northbound lanes of the New England Thruway.

Mount Vernon Police Commissioner Carl Bell said Reginald Velez Jr. left the Pelham Bay Diner on East Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. He was driving his 2002 white Lexus sedan and somehow got on the highway the wrong way and ran head-on into an 18-wheeler.

WCBS 880′s Marla Diamond: Velez Was Engaged To Be Married

“I was driving north on 95,” said the driver of the tractor-trailer. “All of the sudden this car came up the ramp going south. We have an impact. That’s all I can do. There was nothing I could do to stop him.”

Bell said the driver was burned beyond recognition, so the identification of Velez is based on the car’s license plate number and a replica gold police shield "

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