You know that famous saying, “rules are made to broken”, right? Well, unfortunately this past weekend a 61 year old Williamsburg school teacher was hit with the harsh realities of a careless individual who struck and fatally killed him while on a cell phone. The twist in the story comes as the person who committed the crime was a police officer. On Saturday, Paula Medrano, an officer of the 88th precinct was at the wheel when her police van mowed down Felix Coss, a middle school teacher a few blocks away from his home. While driving and talking on the phone is served as illegal in New York, and lands you a $100 fine and five point penalty on your driver’s license, many people fall victim of attempting to multi-task while on the road, and often get into careless accidents, as evident not only by this case but by those devastating commercials that send a constant reminder as to how deadly driving while texting and/or talking can actually be. Per DNA Info here’s some details regarding as to how this all occurred this past weekend:
Officer Paula Medrano, who was assigned to the 88th Precinct, was making a left turn onto Broadway from Hooper Street at 4:30 p.m. Saturday when she struck Felix Coss, 61, a Spanish teacher at a charter school who was just a few blocks from home.
After eyewitnesses told investigators that they saw Medrano talking on her cell phone at the time of the crash, officers from the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau asked her to hand it over, sources said.
Medrano, who was wearing civilian clothes at the time of the crash, refused, and investigators have subpoenaed the records, law enforcement sources said. She had not been charged as of Monday afternoon.
“It is a horrible accident,” a law enforcement source previously told DNAinfo New York.
Coss, who taught at the Beginning with Children charter school, was a few blocks away from his apartment on Hewes Street when he was stuck.
Both Coss and Medrano had the green light but the van did not yield to the pedestrian, police said. The officer was not responding to an emergency at the time of the crash, police said.
The impact knocked Coss over and his head hit the pavement. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital and declared dead on arrival, police said.
Sources said that cops have surveillance video of the accident, but the driver in the van cannot be seen on the tape.
Source: DNA Info