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Former NYPD Commissioner Backed into Pregnant Woman; Drove Off

Former NYPD Commissioner Backed into Pregnant Woman; Drove Off

Associated Press

Associated Press

January 10, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police commissioner has been accused of backing his SUV into a pregnant woman, then driving away.

Police say Howard Safir bumped the woman with his Cadillac Friday afternoon in Manhattan.

She was treated for a bruised shoulder, but wasn’t seriously hurt.

Police detectives decided not to press charges.

They say Safir didn’t know he’d hit someone.

The victim tells a different story.

Joanne Valarezo tells The New York Times that both she and a passenger in the SUV yelled at the driver for being careless before he drove away.

She says she didn’t know who he was until informed by a reporter.

Safir was police commissioner from 1996 to 2000.

Calls to his homes in New York and Maryland weren’t immediately returned.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com


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  • Evil_max50

    Scurge

    over 4 years ago

    1234 Comments

    You'd think just for CYA they'd forward a report to a prosecutor for review. No matter what the investigation turned up the media will report in a non-favorable fashion if the investigators on their own decided there wasn't enough evidence. I'd be willing to bet the admin would have had a report sent off if it was a patrol officer that did this in their POV.

  • Hitman_max50

    g45

    over 4 years ago

    172 Comments

    If we made the news everytime we accidently backed into things, we'd have nothing else to read on here. Like they said; prove he knew he hit her, then it's news.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I was not fan of his neither... But: "The facts M'am... Just the facts...."
    And again... I believe you Boss.

  • Wtc-eagle3-b_max50

    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    Are there no more accidents anymore?????

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    While i was no big fan of his the woman by her own admission stated she crossed in between his car and another. In an Escalade it is not far fetched that he did not realize he hit her. Also in NY in order to be charged with leaving the scene with injuries you have to prove the driver knowingly left the scene which is hard to prove.

    Here is the statute: Personal injury a. Any person operating a motor vehicle who,
    knowing or having cause to know that personal injury has been caused to
    another person, due to an incident involving the motor vehicle operated
    by such person shall, before leaving the place where the said personal
    injury occurred, stop, exhibit his or her license and insurance
    identification card for such vehicle, when such card is required
    pursuant to articles six and eight of this chapter, and give his or her
    name, residence, including street and street number, insurance carrier
    and insurance identification information including but not limited to
    the number and effective dates of said individual's insurance policy and
    license number, to the injured party, if practical, and also to a police
    officer, or in the event that no police officer is in the vicinity of
    the place of said injury, then, he or she shall report said incident as
    soon as physically able to the nearest police station or judicial
    officer.

  • American_flag_eagle_max50

    NewYork911

    over 4 years ago

    1672 Comments

    BUMP fplasencia.

  • Img_1050_max50

    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    45964 Comments

    Well said Frank.

  • Me_max50

    THREE17

    over 4 years ago

    1284 Comments

    Please give me a break..........$$$$

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Moreover,
    I feel compelled to caution everyone here rendering judgement against the Commissioner base on a Story reported by the NY Times according to the testimony of this woman...

    Even when NYPD DT's already determined that the Former Commissioner's version of the incident was true...

    Even when she was treated for some "bruises" but "not seriously injured"...

    Even when she when to the NY Times with her story when she found out who he was...

    Here is a follow up from NY1 News:

    http://policelink.monster.com/news/articles/130562-former-city-poli...

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    over 4 years ago

    14600 Comments

    Looking for money? I seriously doubt thet a former Police commissioner would do a hit and run with injuries!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I agree with fplasencia. It's very hard to realize that you back into, and not over, a human body.

  • Police-4-1_max600_max50

    mike2talk2

    over 4 years ago

    2026 Comments

    Bad, Bad Commissioner.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I just rated this down... ONLY because the only reason this is "news" is because Commissioner Safir is involved... Other than that,
    I will give the Commissioner the full benefit of the doubt on this crap...
    How many times everybody here did back into something... Especially something "soft" and didn't notice anything... ? It could happen, you know?
    Chances are the woman is just looking for a BIG pay out instead of a NORMAL insurance settlement... Moreover, if she found out who he is...

    I believe you Boss...

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    he was probably drunk

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    natasha74

    over 4 years ago

    604 Comments

    If this was any other person they would be arrested for hit and run> but as you car see hear former police commissioner its okay. Any every one supports that lam excuses. My question would be why in the hell he did not turn is head to make sure there was no one in the back of him. Was he not paying attention? Whats up with that!!

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