Off-duty NYPD officer killed in Southern State crash

? An East Meadow man has been charged with DWI in a crash that killed an off-duty NYPD officer from Long Island.Jonathan Lopez is charged

EAST MEADOW - ? An East Meadow man has been charged with DWI in a crash that killed an off-duty NYPD officer from Long Island.

Jonathan Lopez is charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI in the death of NYPD officer Kevin Jessup, of Massapequa.

State police say Lopez hit Jessup?s car on the Southern State Parkway near Bethpage State Parkway at around 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

Authorities say Lopez was driving over 100 mph. Police say they found marijuana and a glass pipe in his vehicle.

Lopez?s car also rear-ended a third vehicle.

Jessup, 25, died at the hospital.

According to authorities, Jessup's girlfriend, Crystal Simons, was a passenger in his vehicle and survived the crash. Simons' stepfather, Carlton Hudson, says she is being treated for head injuries at Nassau University Medical Center.

Lopez is being held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 cash bail.

Police: Drunken driver kills off-duty NYPD officer in Massapequa

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The high winds expected with the nor'easter could 1 South Shore communities prep for nor'easter
The head of the Nassau chapter of Planned 2 LI Planned Parenthood chief voices concerns on administation
A teenager was attacked in a park Sunday 3 Police: Teen attacked at Huntington Station park
Officials in the Town of Brookhaven say they 4 Brookhaven moves to crack down on dangerous dogs
Police say three men were rescued when their 5 3 rescued when boat capsizes off Mount Sinai

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE