New York, NY- An off-duty Mount Vernon police officer was killed early Thursday when he was driving the wrong way on I-95 and crashed head-on into a semi-truck.
Reginald Velez, 29, of the Bronx, entered I-95, traveling south in the northbound lanes when he ran into the semi-truck head-on in the Baychester area. Several other cars came across Velez, but managed to avoid a collision.
The truck driver Rene Campbell, 56, told the New York Daily News, “It happened so fast, I had no time to react. I just saw these bright headlights, he was going so fast. I had no chance.”
The impact of the two vehicles colliding caused Velez’s Lexus to fly up into the air, explode into a blaze, and spin around several times until it crashed into a guardrail. Velez died on the scene.
Velez was at a nearby restaurant celebrating with friends. The restaurant owner said that Velez was not drinking, according to the New York Daily News.
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