White Plains police examine a deadly automotive accident on Mamaroneck Avenue, Jan. 2, 2017. Isaac Ward, 27, died. He was a passenger within the automotive pushed by Harry Kyreakedes, a New Rochelle police officer.
A New Rochelle police officer admitted in courtroom Friday to driving drunk throughout a January deadly crash in White Plains.
Harry Kyreakedes, 28, pleaded responsible in Westchester County Courtroom to first-diploma vehicular manslaughter, a felony, and aggravated DWI, a misdemeanor.
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Kyreakedes, who was off duty at the time, was celebrating the New Year with friends in bars in Dobbs Ferry and White Plains.
Just before 3 a.m. on Jan. 2, Kyreakedes drove his Jeep Cherokee southbound on Mamaroneck Avenue, turned around and eventually crashed into a parking meter, stop sign and tree in front of the CVS at 325 Mamaroneneck Ave. near Rutherford Avenue.
The collision killed his friend, Isaac Ward, who was sitting in the passenger seat, District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. said.
Memorial on Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains set up for Isaac “Hooshie” Ward, killed Jan. 2, 2017, in a car crash (Photo: Jonathan Bandler/lohud)
Kyreakedes, who was pinned in the driver’s seat, was extricated by White Plains firefighters and suffered injuries to one of his legs. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
The two friends graduated from Dobbs Ferry High School in 2007 and grew up together on Beacon Hill Drive in the village.
Kyreakedes, who was hired by the New Rochelle Police Department in July 2015, had been suspended with pay, Capt. Robert Gazzola told The Journal News/lohud.com in May. Kyreakedes was suspended without pay for 30 days following the crash, Gazzola said at the time.
A call and an email to the New Rochelle Police Department on Friday to determine Gazzola’s current status were not immediately returned.
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