NYPD Cop Fired After Arrest in DWI Crash That Killed College Student

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NBC 4 New York

NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says an off-duty officer arrested on manslaughter and DWI charges after a Brooklyn crash has been fired.

Bratton announced the termination of Nicholas Batka on Wednesday.

Batka previously had been suspended. His lawyer says the firing wasn't a surprise.

Attorney Michael Farkas calls the case "a terrible tragedy for all concerned" and says he and Batka will work to bring all the facts to light.

The SUV crash early Saturday in Williamsburg killed 21-year-old Andrew Esquivel, and seriously injured three of his friends.

Esquivel, a native of Healdsburg, California, attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had an internship at a New York City company.

Bratton said two other off-duty officers who were with Batka have been stripped of their guns and shields while the investigation continues.

Batka joined the NYPD in January 2015 and was assigned to the transit bureau Manhattan task force. 

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