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Off-duty cop dies one month after being critically injured in Queens car crash: NYPD

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An off-duty NYPD officer died of his injuries one month after a car crash led to his car hitting multiple cars and a pole in Queens.

According to police, at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 17, officers responded to a 911 call regarding a crash at Lucas Street and Nashville Boulevard in Springfield Gardens. Upon their arrival, officers found 34-year-old Michael Ellis behind the wheel of a 2010 Nissan Altima, unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma to his head and body.

Officers also found a 28-year-old man driving a 2006 Nissan Maxima with his 20-year-ld male passenger, both with trauma to their legs.

An investigation found that the 28-year-old driver was driving southbound on Nashville Boulevard and as he approached Lucas Street, he disobeyed a stop sign and went through the intersection. As a result, the car hit Ellis’s car, which continued down Lucas Street and hit a parked and unoccupied 2017 Nissan Pathfinder as well as an additional parked and unoccupied 2011 Chrysler 300. Ellis’s car then hit a telephone pole before coming to rest.

EMS rushed Ellis to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he ultimately died of his injuries on Feb. 27. The 28-year-old and 20-year-old victims were also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center by EMS, both in stable condition. 

No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing.

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