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Off-duty cop in Williamsburg crash charged with manslaughter, DWI, NYPD says

One person died and others were injured early

One person died and others were injured early Saturday, July 16, 2016, after a sport utility vehicle with off-duty officer Nicholas Batka at the wheel ran into them on a Williamsburg sidewalk, NYPD said. Photo Credit: Vic Nicastro for New York Daily News

One person has died and three others were injured early Saturday morning, after an off-duty cop drove into them with a silver sport utility vehicle, the NYPD said. 

The off-duty officer, Nicholas Batka, was at the wheel of the SUV about 3 a.m. when it went out of control, jumped a curb and hit a group of pedestrians near Bedford Avenue and North Eighth Street in Williamsburg, police said.

The NYPD said Batka was arrested after he refused to take a breath-analysis test. Batka appeared to be under the influence, police said. 

He has been charged with a DWI and vehicular manslaughter, among other charges, police said. Batka posted $300,000 bail at his arraignment Saturday night, officials said.

Batka and the four pedestrians, a 21-year-old male, a 23-year-old female, a 22-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, were taken to local hospitals, cops said. The 21-year-old male victim, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The two female victims, and 24-year-old male, remain in stable condition, police said.



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