Joanna Dixon (2019)
On December 8, 2019, New York City New York Police Department Officer Rohan Shaw was off duty when he struck a car driven by Kwesi Vidale and containing Dixon, Nia Jasmine Reynolds, and one other occupant. Vidale and the other occupant fled after the crash. Dixon died at a local hospital. Responding officers tested Shaw with an uncalibrated Breathalyzer machine, and failed to take a timely blood sample.
Shaw was charged with criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and driving while impaired by alcohol.
Vidale was not charged.
On December 9, 2019, Shaw was suspended without pay.
On December 9, 2019, the District Attorney's office announced that the charges against Shaw were deferred.
Reynolds sued the city, alleging that Shaw was going over 70mph and that the responding officers' errors made it impossible for the District Attorney to prosecute the case.
- Thomas Tracy, NYPD mucked up investigation into drunk-driving off-duty city cop: lawsuit, NY Daily News, 2021-11-03
- Mark Sundstrom, Off-duty NYPD officer facing serious charges in deadly Brooklyn collision: police, PIX11, 2019-11-09