NYPD Sergeant Charged In Death Of Officer Bianca Bennett

Sgt. Randolph Price is being charged for the death of Officer Bianca Bennett.

New York, NY – A New York Police Department sergeant was allegedly drunk when he flipped his car in a crash that killed a police officer riding with him, authorities said.

Sgt. Randolph Price is charged with manslaughter in the death of Officer Bianca Bennett, 27, who was killed in the Feb. 1, 2016 crash, according to the New York Daily News.

Sgt. Price, 33, and Officer Bennett were in the vehicle on their way home from the firing range with other officers when Sgt. Price lost control of his muscle car, hit a tree stump and flipped the car, which started a fire.

Sgt. Price was pulled out of the fire by two other police officers who came across the collision on their way home from the firing range, the New York Daily News reported.

The Bronx prosecutors indicted Price on Jan. 4 for vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving.

Tests taken at the hospital showed the Sgt. Price had a blood alcohol content of .12, which is over the legal limit of .08, authorities said.

Officer Bennett was on the force for 10 months before her death, police said. Her relatives said she was two months away from marrying her fiancé Michael Coleman.

The New York Daily News reported that Sgt. Price suffered extensive injuries to his legs from the crash. Sgt. Price pleaded not guilty to the charges on Jan. 4. He was released on $100,000 bail.

“(Price) allegedly was drinking and got behind the wheel of a car that crashed, flipped over and burst into flames,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke said. “A young officer who was his passenger died at the scene, her promising life cut short. This tragedy is all the more senseless because it was avoidable.”

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Joel3
Joel3

Sgt. Price was not allegedly drinking, The blood alcohol content of .12 is the proof he was DRUNK! Frankly i see this as a eye opening moment for fiance Michael Coleman, Female officers are notoriously unfaithful. Not to blame the dead, but if she was at the gun range with Price, why did she get in the car with a DRUNK?. I hope the law is swift & SEVERE on the DRUNK Sgt.Price.

diginess
diginess

He pleaded not guilty? LOL.

M9013
M9013

Sad, didn't know they had bars at gun ranges. Or better yet, allowed to drink even.

FranR
FranR

@joel3 I hope your comment is a joke. I’m actually EXACTLY like Officer Bennett. Rookie female cop. Engaged. Am willing to spend time at the range with supervisors if it means improving my skills to get them and myself home safe every night and protect the community we risk our lives to serve. How dare you make accusations saying she was being unfaithful to her fiancée because she was riding in a car with her Sgt. For all we know, she was unaware he was intoxicated. You should be ashamed to make comments like that about someone who lost their life so tragically. Shame on you.

KTA
KTA

Career drunks are extremely good at hiding that they are drunk. The accident was horrendous, also really bad is handling firearms while drunk. This has bad written all over it.