Joanna Dixon (2019)

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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.[1]

Shaw was charged with criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and driving while impaired by alcohol.[1]

Vidale was not charged.[1]

On December 9, 2019, Shaw was suspended without pay.[2]

On December 9, 2019, the District Attorney's office announced that the charges against Shaw were deferred.[2]

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.[1]

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