Victim's family comes face-to-face with officer in deadly accident

WOODBURY - The family of a woman who was struck and killed by an on-duty Nassau police officer last year came face-to-face with him for the first time today.Officer Ernest Thompson, 34, fatally struck Sherry Lang, 63, with his cruiser on a rainy night last year in Bellmore. Investigators say Lang was trying to cross busy Merrick Road at around 10:30 p.m. when Thompson struck her. Thompson isn't facing charges in the accident, but he's in danger of losing his driver's license. He appeared at a DMV hearing today, and Lang's family was there as well.At the hearing, Thompson testified that he was driving about 45 mph when he struck Lang. However, an internal police investigation found that he was driving 60 mph just seconds before the accident. The speed limit in the area is 35 mph. Thompson teared up at one point during the hearing and said that he didn't see Lang until it was too late. Her sons say the fact that he seems remorseful makes them feel a little better.A decision on whether Thompson's license will be suspended is expected in about 8-12 weeks. However, The Lang family feels that it wouldn't be good enough: they say he should be stripped of his badge. They are suing Thompson and the county over the accident.Family of victim in cruiser crash suing officer, Nassau CountyBellmore woman struck, killed by police car

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