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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)

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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!

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NYC Heaven for Criminals

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

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Gardens Watcher

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

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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

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Srinivas

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

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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.

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