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Off-duty officer killed, another injured in fiery crash

Officer Bianca Bennett graduated from the police academy in September


By PoliceOne Staff

NEW YORK — An NYPD officer is dead and another is injured after police said their car flipped and caught fire. 

Police told NBC New York they believe Officer Bianca Bennett, 27, lost control of the vehicle Wednesday night.

Witnesses said the car flipped and immediately caught fire. 

Two off-duty officers witnessed the crash and rushed to help. They pulled the passenger, a nine-year veteran housing sergeant, out of the vehicle but could not pull Bennett out, News 12 reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The passenger was taken to a local hospital with severe leg trauma and burns to his body. The two rescuing officers were transported to the hospital as well and treated for smoke inhalation.

According to NBC New York, Bennett graduated from the police academy in October. 

The city's highway collision investigation team says that speed may have played a factor in the crash.

 

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