Driver In Wrong-Way Crash That Left NYPD Officer Dead Arraigned

The driver involved in a head on crash that killed an NYPD detective on the Sprain Brook Parkway last winter has been arraigned on several charges.

Efren Moreano, 20, a resident of Yonkers has been arraigned on charges of one count of manslaughter; three counts of Driving While Intoxicated, unclassified Misdemeanors under the Vehicle and Traffic Law and, one count of Unlawful Possession of Marijuana for his actions leading to the death of NYPD Detective Paul Duncan.

Moreano, whose next court date is November 2, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison. He is currently remanded at Westchester County Jail.   

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At 3:45 am on February 27, driving his Honda Civic sedan at 100 mph northbound on the southbound Jackson Avenue exit of the Sprain Brook parkway, Moreano collided head-on with Duncan in his Honda Pilot SUV, on his way to work at a Queens precinct. Duncan was killed instantly.

Moreano sustained serious injuries to his right arm and leg, and has since undergone surgery.

A strong odor of alcohol emitted from the vehicle as Moreano was extracted from the accident and an odor of marijuana was reported by a state trooper, according to police. A small bag of marijuana was discovered on the car’s passenger side.  

A toxicology report revealed that Moreano had a blood alcohol level of .16, and marijuana was present in his system, at the time of the collision.


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