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NYPD Officer Dead, Two Others Seriously Injured in Early-Morning FDR Drive Crash: Sources

The officer's two passengers, both 25, were listed in serious but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital; one of them lost a foot, the NYPD said

What to Know

  • An off-duty police officer died and two other people were seriously injured in a crash on the FDR Drive early Saturday, police sources say
  • The 25-year-old police officer was driving a Lexus north on the FDR at a high speed when the car mounted a center median, police said
  • The officer's male and female passengers were ejected from the car. They were listed in serious but stable condition, the NYPD said

An off-duty NYPD officer died, and an off-duty firefighter and a woman were seriously injured, in a crash on the FDR Drive early Saturday, police sources said. 

Officer Garman Chen, 25, was speeding north on the FDR, near 25th Street, around 2:30 a.m. when the car mounted the center median, the NYPD and law enforcement sources said. 

Chen's male and female passengers, both 25 years old, were ejected from the car and landed in the FDR's southbound lanes, according to police. 

Chen was discovered inside the car with severe head trauma, police said. 

All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital, where Chen was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

The 76th Precinct, where Chen worked for three years, already raised bunting in his honor. 

Chen's passengers were listed in serious but stable condition, according to police. The male passenger suffered leg and torso trauma, and the female passenger's right foot was severed, police said.

The FDR Drive was temporarily closed in both directions as a result of the crash. All of its lanes had reopened as of 8 a.m., officials said.

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