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Wrong-Way Driver In Sprain Brook Parkway Fatal Crash Sentenced

A look at the scene of the accident on the Sprain Brook Parkway in April. Photo Credit: Bob Terilli
Yonkers resident Efren Moreano, 22, pleaded guilty to three felony charges for his role in killing a NYPD detective while driving the wrong way on the Sprain Brook Parkway. Photo Credit: New York State Police Department
The wrong-way crash killed Paul Duncan of Hartsdale. Photo Credit: Bob Terilli

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A Yonkers man may see more than a decade behind bars for his role in a accident that left a New York Police Department detective dead after driving the wrong way on the Sprain Brook Parkway.

On Wednesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Yonkers resident Efren Moreano, 22, has been sentenced to a prison term of between four to 12 years after pleading guilty earlier this year to a three-count indictment that includes manslaughter.

Shortly before 4 a.m. on Feb. 27 last year, Moreano was driving his Honda Civic when he entered the parkway driving north on the southbound Jackson Avenue exit in Greenburgh. He travelled nearly two miles, reportedly “forcing numerous drivers heading in the right direction to take evasive action, forcing some off the road.”

At the same time, Moreano’s eventual victim was on his way to work at a police precinct in Queens when his SUV was struck head on, killing the detective instantly. Moreano sustained serious injuries of his own, and had to be extricated from his vehicle before undergoing non-life threatening surgery.

Paul E. Duncan, 46, of Hartsdale, was killed in the crash, according to state police. Duncan, who was driving a 2011 Honda Pilot, was an off-duty NYPD detective, according to police. He was a Detective 1st Grade, assigned to their Internal Affairs Bureau, police said.

According to McCarty, emergency responders detected a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana on Moreano during the extrication. A New York State trooper would eventually find a small bag of the drug in the passenger side of the car.

Following his extrication and arrest, Moreano was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .16 percent, double the legal limit with marijuana in his system. He has been remanded to the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections. 

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