Yonkers detective killed in crash was driving drunk, police say

YONKERS, New York (WABC) -- Police said an off-duty Yonkers police detective who died after crashing his car into a fire truck was under the influence of alcohol.

The Yonkers Police Department said Detective Frank Fernandez had a blood alcohol content of .22 - which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 in New York.

The investigation found Fernandez crossed the center line on Palmer Road at about 2:48 a.m. on February 14 and struck the fire truck head-on. He died at the scene.

Police said speed is also a possible contributing factor in the crash.

Four members of the Yonkers Fire Department who were in the fire truck involved in the crash were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner issued a statement along with the results of the investigation:

"We remain deeply saddened by the loss of a member of our Yonkers Police Department family. Detective Frank Fernandez was a valued member of the Yonkers Police Department with over 15 years of dedicated service to the department and the Yonkers Community. This unfortunate and tragic accident leaves behind a wife and two small children, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Fernandez, who was 45 years old, had been with the Yonkers Police Department for 15 years.
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