The woman charged with fatally striking an NYPD officer Tuesday while allegedly driving drunk broke down in tears as she was led away from a Queens precinct.
“I’m sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead,” Jessica Beauvais, 32, said outside the 107th Precinct, according to video from News 12. “I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to.”
UPDATE : “I’m sorry that I hit him and that he’s dead” – 32 year Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead apologizes for this morning’s fatal hit and run that killed #NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos – a father of two children from Suffolk County @News12LI @NYPDnews pic.twitter.com/s5tCD6rDm0
— Eileen Lehpamer (@ELehpamer12) April 27, 2021
Beauvais told a group of reporters that she was “coming from the studio” before the fatal crash that left NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, dead, according to the New York Daily News.
“I do a podcast,” she said, according to the report.
Beauvais posted a clip on her Facebook page prior to the incident of her podcast during which she she criticized the George Floyd trial, according to the New York Daily News.
A clip posted to Twitter and reported by Newsweek appears to show Beauvais, who appears to be wearing the same shirt she is seen wearing while being led out of the precinct, ending her rant by saying “f**k the police.”
Drunk driver, #JessicaBeauvais, 32, streamed herself on Facebook Live saying ‘f**k the police’ and downing vodka shots just hours before she killed cop, #AnastasiosTsakos in a hit-and-run then sobbed ‘I’m sorry he’s dead’ after her arrest. #BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/VKzMAy1nST
— ???? Green Eyed Girl ???? (@i_greeneyedgirl) April 28, 2021
Tsakos, a 14-year-veteran of the department, was responding to a car accident where a vehicle struck a utility pole, according to police.
A husband, a father, a son, and a protector but, most off all, @NYPDHighway Police Officer Anastasios Tsakos will forever be remembered as a NYC #Hero. pic.twitter.com/mIimcjWkc2
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) April 27, 2021
Tsakos was redirecting traffic off of a highway when he was hit by a 2013 Volkswagen in Queens just before 2:00 a.m.
Beauvais initially fled the scene but was apprehended a short time later, police said. Beauvais allegedly swerved to avoid hitting other cars and hit Tsakos as he stood near his patrol car. (RELATED: Man Hit By Car Gets Run Over And Dragged By Second Car In Fatal Hit-And-Run, Video Shows)
Jessica Beauvais, 32, is accused of hitting New York police officer Anastasios Tsakos with her vehicle on the Long Island Expressway early Tuesday. https://t.co/UXIgr8cPFV
— WDHN (@WDHN) April 28, 2021
Beauvais faces a slew of charges, including vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.