You are reading

Two 108th Precinct Cops Under Investigation for Potential Role in Deadly ATV Crash In LIC Friday

The NYPD is investigating two officers from the 108th Precinct to see if they played a part in a horrific crash in Long Island City Friday that left two ATV riders dead. The victims were riding a 1999 Yamaha Chappy ATV, pictured, when they hit a truck (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

Aug. 22, 2022 By Michael Dorgan 

The NYPD is investigating two officers from the 108th Precinct to see whether they played any part in a horrific crash in Long Island City Friday that left two ATV riders dead, according to a report in the New York Daily News

The police probe is examining whether a police chase conducted by Officers Niketas Janios and Marya Cardona Quintero played a role in the ATV riders smashing their 1999 Yamaha Chappy ATV into a Freightliner tractor trailer on the Queensboro Bridge Lower Roadway at around 1:40 a.m.

The officers have been placed on restricted, or modified duties, while the investigation takes place, according to the publication. Police confirmed these details with the Queens Post.

It is understood the investigation will look into the lead-up to the smash where the bike riders – who police say were traveling at a high rate of speed and against traffic — hit the truck causing them to fall to the roadway.

The driver, Angel Lopez, 22, was then run over by the rear tire of the truck, causing severe head and body trauma. EMS pronounced him dead at the scene.

The passenger, who has yet to be identified, sustained severe head and body trauma and was transported by EMS to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center where he later died.

Neither victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident, police said.

The crash scene Friday (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

According to the New York Daily News, the victims were alongside another rider, James Hendrickson, 21, when cops began chasing them in an unmarked police car.

The riders got away from the car before Officers Janios and Quintero took over the pursuit in a marked police vehicle.

Lopez, of the Bronx, then headed westbound on the Queensboro Bridge Lower Roadway — toward the Manhattan-bound entrance of the bridge – when the Yamaha ATV struck the front passenger side of the truck.

The Freightliner was traveling eastbound on the Queensboro Bridge lower roadway. The 36-year-old truck driver was uninjured and remained at the scene, police said.

Hendrickson then called 911 before leaving the scene. He returned to the location later and police arrested him on an unknown outstanding warrant, according to the report.

Lopez, the deceased driver, was arrested in the Bronx in April on an attempted murder charge. He also has prior arrests for robbery, according to the publication.

It is unclear what exactly led to the police chase, although it is likely that officers were attempting to apprehend them for riding illegally on the road, since ATVs are forbidden from being used on city streets.

Residents have long complained about ATV and dirt bike riders driving recklessly on roads and sidewalks. Eric Adams has vowed to get tough on the illegal riders tweeting in June that they “endanger the lives of New Yorkers.”

Meanwhile, the move to place the officers on modified duties drew criticism from Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch Sunday.

“The NYPD needs to decide whether enforcing quality of life issues is really a priority,” Lynch said in a statement.

“These police officers and cops across the city have been told to prioritize getting illegal bikes and ATVs off the streets because the community is sick of them. They should not be punished for doing the job they were sent out to do.”

LIC Dirt bikeThe victims smashed their 1999 Yamaha Chappy ATV into a Freightliner tractor (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

email the author: [email protected]

14 Comments

Click for Comments 
M O'Connor

I totally agree with PBA Lynch’s criticism of the police involved in this case being admonished for their actions. These police were doing exactly what their expected to do, which is apprehend CRIMINALS. Bravo to them!

Reply
LIC Direct

He was arrested for Attempted murder, had Robbery raps and who knows what else and he was out on the street? If behind bars he would probably be alive. Had a passenger on an illegal ATV? Were they out mugging people or just out for a simple ride and some fresh air All the way up from the Bronx to LIC/Astoria. Hope his body parts didn’t go to waste and they were used to save a life rather than take one which he was arrested for in April for his attempted murder charge. Probably his mother, sister brother someone in his family is mourning the loss and waiting for that big payday via Sanford Rubinstein, Esq lawsuit. Motorcyclist are not called organ donors for nothing?

29
Reply
Great news

Good job police officers! They deserve a medal for their performance: one less deadbeat on the street.
All atv’s, motorcycles and cars with loud mufflers should be taken off the street. Period.

26
Reply
Sunnyside_Native

Why would NYPD even think to place these officers on suspension pending an investigation. As a person who lives on a “preferred drag race block”, I can tell you if the reckless behavior of these illegal bikes, AT Vs and drag racers continue, people will die! Would there be an investigation and Officer suspensions if someone crossing the street were killed by the ATV? Absolute utter nonsense and will give the ATV victims families cause fornauit, costing taxpayers $$$$, because their loved one was doing something illegal. The world makes absolutely no sense today!

24
Reply
NYC Heaven for Criminals

Nothing.
We just live in a City where the progressives protect the criminal instead of the cops and citizens.

20
Reply
Gardens Watcher

Mr. Lopez may have been speeding and going against traffic but I bet he looked cool doing it.

15
14
Reply
cops do there job

The cops do there job, then get criticized., The scum is dead, boo hoo
Surprised anyone would want to be a cop anymore, the job sucks

45
5
Reply
Srinivas

Why don’t you sue Mayor Adams. If there was no Queensboro bridge, these guys might have been okay.

18
6
Reply
Woodsider

Riding ATV’s on city streets – Illegal. Speeding – Illegal. Driving against traffic – Illegal. No helmets – Stupid. But let’s investigate the police officers. That makes sense. Darwin wins.

55
2
Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.