Pix Investigates: Exclusive Prison Interview with NYPD Officer Convicted of Killing 4 While Drunk Driving

Interview to Air Dec. 3 and 4 on PIX News At Ten


November 30, 2009



For the first time since he was sent to state prison in 2002, former NYPD officer Joseph Gray, who was convicted on four counts of manslaughter for driving drunk, is sitting down for an exclusive television interview with PIX investigative reporter Mary Murphy.

The prison interviews will air during PIX News at Ten, with Part 1 airing on Thursday, December 3rd (after the WPIX broadcast of the Jets/Bills game) and Part 2 airing on Friday, December 4th.

Murphy, who heads up PIX's investigative unit, spoke exclusively with Gray who was convicted on four counts of manslaughter for the August 4, 2001 accident that left a pregnant mom, her 4 year old son, and 16 year old sister dead. Maria Pena Herrera gave birth to a baby boy before she died. The infant lived just 12 hours, and Gray was convicted of killing the newborn, as well. The off-duty officer had been drinking for 12 hours before the accident happened.

Now 49 years old, Gray has spent more than seven years in state prison on a 5-15 year sentence. Gray says he's talking to PIX News to help other people avoid his fate.

Commenting on colleagues who drink and drive and other "high profile" police cases involving DWI charges including Officer Andrew Kelly in Brooklyn and Officer Kevin Spellman in the Bronx, Gray said:

Gray discusses his nightmares about the accident, when his minivan ran a red light and he braked after seeing an "object:"

Gray acknowledges now his problems with alcohol escalated, as he started going out after working the midnight to 8 am shift in Brooklyn's 72nd Precinct:

He has been turned down for parole twice.