NYPD officer indicted in deadly DUI

October 14, 2009 8:35:44 PM PDT
Veronica Valnord was hailing a cab after a friend's wedding when she was struck and killed by an SUV driven by an off-duty police officer. Her grieving father tried to put his pain into words on Wednesday night.

"We miss her and we will always miss her," Pastor Varius Valnord said.

Earlier Wednesday, Officer Andrew Kelly was indicted on charges of vehicular manslaughter, DWI and speeding for the September 27 crash. Kelly's lawyer says his client was not drunk and adds that he helped perform CPR at the scene.

"He was doing chest compressions and another person did mouth to mouth and he revived her," Arthur Aidala said.

Officer Kelly refused a breathalyzer at the scene. When his blood was drawn 7 hours later, the blood alcohol content was zero.

Lawyers for the Valnord family charge that fellow NYPD officers responding to the scene helped Kelly cover up the fact he was drunk.

"He admitted to investigators that he had 6-8 beers prior to this tragedy," Sanford Rubenstein said.

"He did not appear to be drunk to many people at the scene," Aidala said.

Pastor Valnord, the leader of the Church of God congregation in Brooklyn, says he puts his faith in God.

"I say all the glory to God. It doesn't make any difference to me. It's not going to bring her back," he said.

Kelly is on paid leave. He has reached out with a sympathy card to the family.

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