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.
Yonkers detective killed in crash was driving drunk, police say
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