WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - The off-duty New Rochelle police officer accused of drinking and driving before a fatal crash that took the life of his best friend in January has been arraigned on a four-count indictment that includes multiple felony charges.
On Thursday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced that 27-year-old Harry Kyreakedes had been indicted and charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated, both misdemeanors, after crashing his SUV into a tree and killing his passenger.
At approximately midnight on Jan. 2, Scarpino said that Kyreakedes was out drinking with friends, including his victim, 27-year-old Isaac Ward, at a bar in Dobbs Ferry. After a “period of time,” they then drove to White Plains to frequent a different watering hole.
According to Scarpino, shortly before 3 a.m., all four men left White Plains, taking two cars. While driving on Mamaroneck Avenue, Kyreakedes lost control of his SUV, crashing into a parking meter, stop sign and tree before coming to a rest in front of CVS, between Rutherford Street and Livingston Avenue.
Both Ward and Kyreakedes sustained serious injuries. Ward was given CPR at the scene and transported to White Plains Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kyreakedes, who was pinned in the driver’s compartment following the crash, had to be extricated from the vehicle, suffering extensive injuries to his leg.
Kyreakedes, a Dobbs Ferry High School graduate, underwent a series of surgery at Westchester Medical Center, where samples of his blood were obtained through a court order and search warrant. Police said that samples of Kyreakedes’ blood showed that his blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was greater than .18 percent - more than double the legal limit.
Scarpino said that Kyreakedes has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains out on $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on Tuesday, May 23, where he will face up to 15 years in state prison.