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NYC cop arraigned in colleague's wreck death

The Associated Press

EAST MEADOW, N.Y.- A rookie New York City police officer was arraigned on vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving charges on Saturday while still in the hospital after a one-car crash that killed a fellow off-duty rookie.

Danielle Baymack, 22, pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the Nassau County district attorney's office. A judge set bond at $40,000 and cash bail at $15,000.

Nassau County police said Baymack, from Queens, was driving westbound at about 4:30 a.m. in Wantagh when her vehicle left the roadway, hit a guardrail, then a road sign, before coming to rest facing eastbound.

Marlene Rivera, 24, a passenger in the front seat, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center. She was declared dead around 5 a.m.

Baymack, who is alleged to have had a blood alcohol level of 0.11, was arrested at the scene of the crash on Sunrise Highway near the Wantagh Parkway overpass. She was taken to the same hospital with non-life threatening facial injuries.

A call seeking comment from her lawyer was not immediately returned Saturday.

Both women were July graduates of the New York Police Academy. They were assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Queens.

Investigators believe the two women had earlier dropped off another rookie officer at an undisclosed location in Suffolk County after spending their night off at a club in Queens. They may have been on their way home when the accident happened.

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