Chief Philip Banks of the New York City Police Department sadly reports that Officer Michael Williams died as a result of injuries he sustained in a vehicle crash.

Officer Williams, 25, was a rear passenger in a marked police van transporting officers to a special detail assignment at the United Nations

The van’s driver lost control of the vehicle due to the vehicle hydroplaning during a heavy rain storm. The vehicle struck the center cement barrier, which caused Officer Williams to be ejected out of the van’s rear doors.   Eight other officers were also injured during the crash.

The crash occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Bruckner Boulevard near Bryant Avenue in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx.

Williams was transported to Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center where he was pronouncd dead just before 6:00 a.m. Other officers that were injured, were taken to Lincoln, St. Barnabas Hospital,  and Jacobi Medical Center. One officer remained in critical condition at Lincoln Hospital.

Officer Williams was a graduate of Keene State College. He was a former part time deputy with the Dutchess County Sheriff Office.

Williams served the New York City Police Department for only 8 months and was assigned to the 47th Precinct in North Bronx. He is survived by his parents. Officer Williams’ father, Michael, was a police officer with the Carmel Police Department in upstate New York.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad.

Officer Michael Williams-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Sunday, September 21, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX

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