Bronx, NY - Two off-duty NYPD officers were involved in a fiery crash in the Bronx on Wednesday night. One rookie officer, Bianca Bennett of Queens was killed. 32-year old off-duty Sergeant Randolph Price was in the car with her and was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition.
The horrific scene unfolded around 11:45 PM on Wednesday night when a Dodge Charger flipped over and burst in to flames on Park Drive. Two NYPD officers leaving Rodman's Neck firing range saw the flames and heard screams for help. They raced toward the crash not knowing that they would be pulling a fellow officer from the flames.
According to NBC 4 witnesses described screams coming from the vehicle just before the officers pulled Sgt. Price from the car, then it burst in flames. They were unable to save Officer Bianca Bennett.
“Instantly it started like exploding,” witness Alex Corleone said. “I’m sure the fuel, the radiator, all that… you know?” Others tried to get out and assist but the flames kept people away. “When it turned over, everybody stopped their car and tried to run over there to it, but nobody could get to it because it blew up,” said Pamella Duncan, a passerby.
Sgt. Price, who was assigned to NYPD Housing PSA 4 in the East Village, was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center with severe trauma and burns. According to police it took hours to identify Officer Bianca Bennett as she was severely burned and pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the NYPD, Officer Bianca Bennett graduated the academy in October and was assigned to the 9th Precinct. She was engaged, with a wedding date of April 8th 2017. Both off-duty officers that ran to the scene to help were taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the NYPD, the Bennett family and the family of the injured sergeant. We salute the two officers who came to the aid of those in need.
Officer Bianca Bennett, your life mattered. Godspeed.