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Officer Dies In Hit-And-Run On Long Island Expressway

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An NYPD officer is dead following a hit-and-run on the Long Island Expressway in Queens on Tuesday morning.

Police say Officer Anastasios Tsakos was diverting traffic on the Long Island Expressway near Exit 26 after a previous crash. Then, a car struck and killed the highway officer just after 2 a.m.

Police later stopped the car that took off and arrested the driver.

The unidentified woman from Hempstead was intoxicated and driving with a suspended license. She faces vehicular manslaughter charges.

Tsakos was a 14-year veteran of the department and lived in Suffolk County with his wife and two young children.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.