Jessica Beauvais, a 32-year old suspect from Hempstead, NY, faces a total of thirteen criminal charges for fatally striking Greek-American police officer Anastasios Tsakos in a hit-and-run incident on April 27 on the Long Island Expressway.
Melinda Katz, who is the District Attorney of Queens, filed recently thirteen criminal charges against the 32-year old suspect among which are the offenses of vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and driving while intoxicated. The mother of a 13-year old boy is now facing a potential jail sentence of up to fifteen years.
According to information from the prosecutors, Beauvais drove into Tsakos going full speed and officers dove out of the way as his body flew 100 feet (35 meters) away from the point where he was hit.
Right after the accident, Beauvais fled the scene and allegedly tried to escape, however she was arrested a few minutes later in a short distance away.
According to local news outlet ABC News 7, she immediately admitted that she had drunk alcohol and smoked marijuana before getting into her car to drive. However, she claimed that she did not know what she had done, saying that she had realized she had hit something, but she wasn’t sure what that was.
According to court documents, Beauvais admitted “I smoke weed regularly. I drank two glasses of wine earlier today and then dropped my son off in Hempstead. I smoked a joint last night before my podcast that I did in Brooklyn; the podcast was from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.”
“I brought the bottle of wine I had with me to the podcast. I had two shots of 1800 Patron tequila. When I left, I didn’t know where I was going so I used my GPS. I made a left turn and a right turn and ended up at a gas station where the cops stopped me. I don’t know why they stopped me, speeding I guess. I did hear a thump, so I knew I hit something but I didn’t see what it was.”
The next morning, Beauvais expressed her regret for what she had caused while leaving the premises of the 107 precinct New York Police Department. ”I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead…” she told to reporters while she was guided into a police car.
In an even more strange turn of events, Beauvais has been found that she was publishing a podcast, where she was accusing all police officers, issuing harsh anti-police rants. She can be seen saying in one of them that ”we want you to know that we don’t give a f… about you, your mama, your children, your wife.”
Nevertheless, NY Police officers do not believe this attitude had anything to do with what happened to officer Tsakos.
Who Was Greek-American NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos
Tsakos had been a member of the NYPD for fourteen years, according to the department. He is survived by two children, aged 3 and 6, and his wife Irene. The New York Times reported recently that Officer Tsakos is the first NYPD member to have been killed while on duty in 2021.
In a press conference held after Tsakos’ death on Tuesday, April 27, Mayor De Blasio offered his condolences to the officer’s immediate family as well as his extended family in Greece.
Tsakos’ brother told local New York network WABC that the family was still in shock over his death. The network reported that they were currently looking for the best way to transport Tsakos’ Greek family members to Long Island for services.