The police officer who allegedly killed a 22-year-old woman while driving drunk down a Queens, NY highway has been hit with stiffer charges days after his arrest.
According to the NY Post, on Wednesday the Queens District Attorney’s office announced that they are upping the charges against Officer Neville Smith to include vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. While off-duty on Sunday morning, Smith allegedly rear-ended Vanessa Raghubar’s car, spinning it into a tree and a light pole.
Raghubar died later at the hospital while her younger sister was left in critical condition with a broken hip and arm and a friend suffered scratches on his hands. Smith refused to take a breathalyzer, drug or field sobriety tests at the scene.
“Drinking and then driving is a deadly combination. The defendant — a police officer bound to enforce the law — is now accused of breaking the law and with deadly consequences,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.
“Vanessa didn’t drink,’’ Raghubar’s cousin, Diana Chand, told the Post. “She refused because she was driving some of us back. They did blood tests at the hospital after she was hit — it showed she didn’t have a drop.”