An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested and charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter after striking and killing a pedestrian on Staten Island early Friday morning, police said.
Officer Joseph McClean struck Bruce Hempill, 51, of Maryland, as he was crossing Richmond Terrace near Simonson Avenue in the Mariners Harbor section of the island at 6:17 a.m., police said.
The owner of a deli where Hempill bought some food before crossing Richmond Terrace described what he witnessed:
"I hear some big sound and I look out the window and I see his hard hat, because he had hard hat on him, flying," Ala Kalbouneh told NBC 4 New York. "I come outside and I see him like a block away laying down on the street."
Kalbouneh said he saw the car that struck Hempill "flying around 70 or 80 mph." The car sped away from the scene, Kalbouneh said, and returned about five or 10 minutes later.
McClean, 29, was arraigned in Staten Island Criminal Court, where bail was set at $50,000. He is expected back in court on Oct. 9. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.