Cop Hits, Kills Man While Talking on Cell: Report
Eyewitnesses say officer was on phone at time of accident: DNAinfo
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
An unrelated NYPD van.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Witnesses say an NYPD officer who struck and killed a pedestrian Saturday was talking on her cell phone during the accident, police sources tell DNAinfo. Paula Medrano, who was not in uniform nor responding to an emergency at the time, was driving a police van when she turned left onto a Brooklyn street and hit Felix Coss. They both had a green light, but Medrano didn't yield to Coss, police say. He was knocked down, his head hit the pavement, and he was declared dead upon arriving at the hospital.

When eyewitnesses told police they saw Medrano on her cell at the time, Internal Affairs asked to see the phone; she refused, so the phone records were subpoenaed, law enforcement sources say. It's illegal to talk on a cellphone while driving in New York.

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Jul 10, 2013 11:17 PM CDT
Oh she needs to learn the rules. The cops have not yet gone hog wild and begun just running us down in the streets for our own safety. If she really wants to show her contempt for all us "civilians" she needed to get out of the van, accost one of us , demand to see identification, pepper spray the selected "civilian" for either not producing the papers fast enough, asking why they were being accosted, or in anyway not following the cops demands. Then after pepper spray the glee filled take down where the cop could grab the selected "civilian by the arm in a twisting motion of her body and smack the man face first into the concrete shattering his front teeth, nose, and giving him a brain concussion. Now that is great police work, and she would have gotten a benefit dinner headlined by the major in her honor for that kind of work. But to just murder a "civilian" with the van and by accident, having no malice or depraved indifference to life is just unprofessional Cops always have to mean it when they murder someone, it must never be done by accident. Did anyone find cynicism in my text? I hope so because it is pure and honest, and totally on target.
Jul 10, 2013 4:48 PM CDT
Hopefully she was fired, charged and arrested -- in that order!
Jul 10, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
Failure to yield, unsafe operation, reckless endangerment, vehicular homicide.