What to Know
- An ex-cop is facing charges in connection to a hit-and-run in NY that left two pedestrians seriously injured, authorities said Thursday
- Raymond Beckley of Valhalla, New York, was arraigned on charges stemming from an incident that took place on Nov. 13, 2016
- Beckley allegedly struck a man and woman who were walking on a street in White Plains, fled the scene and tried to conceal his involvement
A former police officer is facing charges in connection to a hit-and-run in New York that left two pedestrians seriously injured, authorities announced Thursday.
Raymond Beckley of Valhalla, New York, was arraigned on charges stemming from an incident that took place on Nov. 13, 2016 when he allegedly was driving his pickup truck on Hale Avenue in White Plains and struck a man and woman who were apparently walking on the street.
The Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. says Beckley, 25, knew that he hit the pair, but did not stay to help them, but instead fled the scene and did not report the incident.
The district attorney’s office also alleges that minutes after the alleged incident occurred, the White Plains Police Department was called to the scene where officers found the two victims on the street bleeding and suffering from serious physical injuries including trauma to the head and broken bones. Both victims were immediately taken to local hospitals.
According to authorities, Beckley allegedly tried to conceal his involvement in the accident by having his damaged pickup truck repaired and then moving it out of state.
Beckley is a former police officer with the New Rochelle Police Department who resigned the position earlier on the day of the crash, and then, just hours after the crash, on Nov. 14, 2016, Beckley began work as a police officer in the Town of New Castle.
Beckley resigned from the New Castle Police Department in January 2017.
Beckley is charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting (personal injury/serious physical injury) and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
He was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 17.
It is not immediately clear if Beckley retained an attorney to comment on the charges.