WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - An off-duty New Rochelle police officer who was drinking before he crashed his vehicle last year, killing his best friend, has been sentenced for his role in the fatal incident.
Harry Kyreakedes, 28, has been sentenced to a term between two and a half and seven and a half years in state prison after pleading guilty in October to a felony charge of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said that at approximately midnight on Jan. 2, Kyreakedes was out drinking with friends, including his victim, 27-year-old Isaac Ward, at a bar in Dobbs Ferry. After a “period of time,” they then drove to White Plains to frequent a different watering hole.
According to Scarpino, shortly before 3 a.m., all four men left White Plains, taking two cars. While driving on Mamaroneck Avenue, Kyreakedes lost control of his SUV, crashing into a parking meter, stop sign and tree before coming to a rest in front of CVS, between Rutherford Street and Livingston Avenue.
Both Ward and Kyreakedes sustained serious injuries. Ward was given CPR at the scene and transported to White Plains Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kyreakedes, who was pinned in the driver’s compartment following the crash, had to be extricated from the vehicle, suffering extensive injuries to his leg.
Kyreakedes, a Dobbs Ferry High School graduate, underwent a series of surgery at Westchester Medical Center, where samples of his blood were obtained through a court order and search warrant. Police said that samples of Kyreakedes’ blood showed that his blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was greater than .18 percent - more than double the legal limit.
Following sentencing, Kyreakedes was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.
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