A Suffolk County, New York police officer was arrested on September 27 after a crash on Sunrise Highway that killed the driver of the other vehicle, police said.
The officer, Robert Scheuerer, who was off-duty at the time of the accident, drove the wrong way on Sunrise Highway and crashed into another vehicle, Newsday reports. Scheuerer, 24, an officer in the Third Precinct was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, police said. Because he was hospitalized with serious injuries, as of Tuesday night, he had not been arraigned.
Scheuerer has been on the force for about a year. A source told Newsday he is the son of a 27-year veteran of the Suffolk Police. Robert Scheuerer was suspended without pay, Newsday reports.
Scheuerer was driving a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder, traveling east in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway between exits 40 and 39. He struck a 2016 Ford van at 4:38 a.m. between the Higbie Lane and Route 231 overpasses. The van caught fire, police said. The van’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
A statement from Suffolk Police said the investigation continues and “additional charges” may be filed against Scheuerer. Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini called the accident “tragic.” He said police received a number of 911 calls about a vehicle driving the wrong way on Sunrise Highway.
Sini said police had obtained a blood sample from Scheuerer and were testing to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Sini expressed confidence in the investigators assigned to the case and said the police wanted to be “very transparent” about the investigation. Sini said the situation is “tragic for everyone,” particularly the person who was killed, but also for the officer and his family, according to Newsday.