CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty Suffolk County officer was charged Tuesday in connection with a fiery crash that left another driver dead on the Sunrise Highway.
Police said the officer was driving the wrong way.READ MORE: NYPD: Jose Ramos, 56, Killed In Cypress Hills Hit-And-Run
Police said at 4:38 a.m., a 2016 Ford van and a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder were involved in a crash on the westbound Sunrise Highway between exits 39 and 40 in Central Islip.
The van caught fire and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.READ MORE: Attorney General Letitia James Sues Cemetery Monument Companies Accused Of Scamming Dozens Of New Yorkers
The off-duty officer was driving the Pathfinder, and was hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.
The officer, Robert Scheuerer, 24, who is assigned to the Suffolk County Police Third Precinct, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, a Class D Felony. He was suspended from duty without pay, police said.
Police said Scheuerer was driving east in the westbound lanes.MORE NEWS: 3 Accused Of Stealing Elderly Woman's Purse At Upper West Side Movie Theater
Scheuerer remained hospitalized late Tuesday and was to be arraigned at a later date, police said. The investigation continued late Tuesday and more charges may be forthcoming, police said.