A drunk off-duty cop in Brooklyn, New York slammed his Dodge Durango into four people on a sidewalk this past Saturday, leaving one of them dead and three others in critical condition.
The fatality was a 21-year-old man whose parents havenâ€™t been notified because theyâ€™re hiking in California.
The inebriated officer, 28-year-old rookie Nicholas Batka, was sound enough of state and mind to ask if heâ€™d killed anyone right after the first responding officers arrived.
He was due to be at work at 7 a.m., just four hours after the avoidable tragedy. He tried to flee the scene, but was unable to move his car, according to a witness, identified as Kelly Convery.
She says she, along with everyone else immediately on the scene of the carnage, saw him switch jump from the driverâ€™s seat to the passenger seat.
Brandon Smith, another witness, said, â€œPeople were trying to stop him from leaving.â€
One held the door of the SUV closed so he couldnâ€™t get out, according to another witness.
The alcohol-fueled accident occurred on Bedford Avenue near North Eighth Street, a block packed with people enjoying the popular bar scene.
One of those partiers was Officer Batka, whoâ€™d been drinking with other off-duty officers at a nearby bar.
The three critically injured survivors of the accident are expected to recover fully. They include a 24-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman, and a 23-year-old woman.
The disgraced officer has since been suspended from his job.
According to witness Kate Hanley, he â€œwas really wastedâ€. â€œWhen they brought him out, he was conscious, but like someone that was blackout drunk. Four people had to get him out of the car. I heard people screaming and saw people lying all over the place. Just covered in blood and really badly Âinjured,â€ she continued. â€œSomeone in front of my stoop had a bone sticking out of his leg. People were screaming.â€
Yet another witness, Angela Zielinski, had rushed to help one of the female victims.
â€œHer head, her leg were bleeding. She was squirming and squealing,â€™â€™ she said. Another man was impaled on a fence.
She says she yelled to the driver, â€œDude, what the fuck?!? You just hit four people,â€™â€™ and says he just stared back at her with a blank look on his face.
She says Batka even flashed his badge to the crowd gathered around his car.
He refused to take a Breathalyzer test, but a blood sample was taken when he was transported to Weill Cornell for an exam. He was released to authorities who arrested him for manslaughter.
Upon his arraignment on Sunday morning, his bail was set at $300,000.
He posted bond and was released, due back on July 21st.