CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Oct. 15, 2009: A 30-year-old New York City cop was yesterday indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury for the vehicular manslaughter of a Haitian American woman.
Officer Andrew Kelly, a seven-year veteran of the force, was indicted for causing the death of 32-year-old Vionique Valnord in the wee hours of September 27th as she tried to hail a cab in the vicinity of Avenue N and East 56th Street after attending a wedding.
Kelly was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He allegedly mowed down Valnord with a Jeep Cherokee. Another officer in the car with him at the time fled the scene and was later suspended from the force.
Kelly had initially refused a blood test and only submitted to one seven hours later when the test came back negative. He had pleaded not guilty at his arraignment at Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Despite the negative results, prosecutors could build a case against Kelly since a sergeant at the scene reportedly said Kelly had red, watery eyes and slurred speech, and that there were alcoholic beverages in the Jeep.
If convicted, Kelly faces up to seven years in prison.
Valnord`s father, Varius Valnord, is a pastor at the Church of God on Rogers Avenue, in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. The late church goer was the pastor`s only daughter.