FLATLANDS, N.Y. (WPIX)—BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WPIX) - A third cop has been suspended for his apparent role in trying to help a New York City police officer cover up an alleged DWI.
NYPD Anti-Crime Officer, Robert McGinn, 39, was suspended Thursday after surveillance video showed he gave Officer Andrew Kelly gum and two bottles of water at the scene. Kelly, 30, is accused of driving drunk and mowing down 33-year-old Vionique Valnord in Flatlands early Sunday. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead later that morning.
In addition, a female sergeant has been reassigned from night hours to a daytime shift, and may also face departmental charges for the significant delay in getting Kelly to the hospital in order to check his blood-alcohol levels. Nearly seven hours elapsed before Kelly was taken to the hospital. By the time he was tested, no alcohol was found in his system, prosecutor's said.
During the time of the incident, Kelly was off-duty and driving a Jeep with three friends inside when he struck and killed Valnord in the middle of Avenue N in Flatlands, Brooklyn. According to prosecutors, Kelly smelled of liquor at the scene and had slurred speech and glassy eyes. He told authorities he had drank several beers that night.
Kelly has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter and Driving While Intoxicated.
Meanwhile, family and friends of Valnord gathered for a wake Friday evening at The Church Of God on Flatbush Avenue; Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were in attendance. The funeral was held Saturday morning at the same church.