DWI Officer Mows Down Pastor's Daughter: Cops

Fellow NYPD officer in car fled scene

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    Vionique Valnord, 33, who was fatally hit by a car driven by an allegedly drunk off- duty NYPD officer.

    An off-duty police officer was driving drunk when his sport utility vehicle struck and killed a pastor's daughter as she crossed a Brooklyn street early Sunday, officials said.

    Driver Andrew Kelly, an officer out of the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge, was arrested Sunday on charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, police said.

    Several passengers, including at least one other off-duty police officer, were in the car when it struck Vionique Valnord on Avenue N in Brooklyn, where she was trying to hail a cab after leaving a wedding reception about 1 a.m. Sunday, police and witnesses said.
    Valnord, who was in her early 30s, was pronounced dead on arrival at Kings County Hospital.

    "The officers who responded to that accident detected the smell of alcohol on the driver's breath," said police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

    Off-Duty Cop in Alleged DUI Slay

    [NY] Off-Duty Cop in Alleged DUI Slay
    An off-duty police officer was driving drunk when his sport utility vehicle struck and killed a pastor's daughter as she crossed a Brooklyn street early Sunday, officials said.

    The second officer reported to his precinct later in the day and told his superiors that he had been in the car, the commissioner said. That officer, who has not been officially identified, was being questioned, the commissioner said.

    The New York Post identified that second officer as Michael Downs, of the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn.

    Sources told the paper that Kelly and others had been drinking at a Flatlands bar before heading to a friend's house nearby to watch the Notre Dame football game.

    A spokesman for the city's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, a police union, did not immediately respond to a message requesting comment Sunday night about officer Kelly's arrest or the accident.

    Valnord's father, Varius Valnord, who is a pastor at the Church of God in Brooklyn, delivered his sermon to nearly 100 congregants as scheduled Sunday, hours after his daughter's death.

    "My heart is full of pain," he told the Daily News. "I'll always miss her."