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NYPD Cop Charged in Fatal Collision Involving Construction Worker from Newark


By: Richard L. Smith 

In a significant development announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James, NYPD Officer Tyler Paul, 24, from Queens County, has been formally indicted and arraigned on multiple charges, including Manslaughter in the Second Degree.AdThe charges stem from a tragic incident on April 26, 2023, where Officer Paul, while off-duty, struck and fatally injured highway construction worker Mr. Kawan Edwards (pictured) in New York City.

The arraignment, held before Acting Supreme Court Justice Michael Hartofilis in Queens, resulted in bail being set at a $200,000 bond or a $100,000 cash alternative.

AG James said Officer Paul is scheduled to return to court on May 1, 2024, facing a potential maximum sentence of 5-15 years in prison if convicted on the top charge.

Crash Details of the incident reveal that Officer Paul was speeding on Grand Central Parkway in Queens when he attempted an unsafe lane change, leading to a collision with another vehicle.

The impact caused Paul to lose control of his car, ultimately crashing into Mr. Edwards, who was working alongside the road as a contractor for the Department of Transportation.Ad Mr. Edwards succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to a local hospital.

This case has come under the purview of the Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI), as mandated by New York Executive Law Section 70-b, which requires a review of incidents where a police officer's actions may have resulted in someone's death, regardless of the officer's duty status or the decedent's armament.

The OSI's involvement underscores the serious nature of the allegations and the commitment to thorough investigation and accountability.

As the legal process unfolds, Officer Paul remains presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case has drawn attention to the conduct of law enforcement officers, both on and off duty, and the implications of their actions on public safety and trust.