Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation into Civilian Death in Orange County

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of a civilian who died on July 27, 2023 following a motor vehicle incident involving an off-duty member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

Shortly after midnight on July 27, the civilian was riding a motorcycle traveling northbound on I-87 in the town of Cornwall when she was struck by a motor vehicle driven by an off-duty NYPD officer. The civilian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.