Friday, the NYPD suspended one of the police officers who responded to the suspected DWI death of Vionique Valnord in Brooklyn last Sunday. Surveillance footage showed the suspended officer, who the News is identifying as Robert McGinn, providing gum and two bottles of water to the suspect, Officer Andrew Kelly, possibly to cover up the smell of alcohol.
Internal Affairs is investigating a series of unusual events on Sunday which allowed Kelly to run out the clock for over seven hours after the accident before he was forced to take a blood alcohol test, which came out negative. Kelly admitted at the scene that he had drunk 6 to 8 beers over an unknown period earlier in the evening, and investigators found video of him drinking. Kelly worked the Yankees game earlier in the day, and allegedly hit two bars in the evening.
Both Kelly and an off-duty police officer who was a passenger in the car have been suspended. The Sergeant who oversaw the delay in getting Kelly to the hospital for tests has been reassigned to the day shift, and may face departmental charges.
Both Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly attended Ms. Valnord’s wake on Friday.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 3, 2009