2005-05-27 / Community

Two Police Officers Injured In Nassau Accident

By Howard Schwach

Two police officers assigned to the 101 Precinct, responding to a call of a robbery in progress at 38-08 Beach Channel Drive were injured, police sources say, when their marked radio mobile patrol (RMP) car “hydroplaned” and skidded off the road into a light pole at the intersection of Rockaway Turnpike and Pearl Street in Lawrence at 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

The two officers, Veronica Shultz, who was driving and Tom Mitchell, who was in the passenger seat, were in neighboring Nassau County with permission of their command, Police Officer Hauser, a spokesperson for the NYPD’s office of the Deputy Commissioner For Public Information (DCPI) told The Wave on Thursday morning.

“They were at an authorized location,” PO Hauser said. “They were allowed to be there.”

It is common, for example, for police officers returning to Rockaway from Queens Central Booking in Kew Gardens to use Rockaway Turnpike.

The two police officers were removed to South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside. Officials at the hospital declined to comment on the condition of the two officers, but a law enforcement source told The Wave that Shultz was not badly hurt while Mitchell suffered a neck injury that left him with “no feeling in his chest and neck.”

The source added that doctors were hopeful that the injury to Mitchell would cause only temporary paralysis, and that he would make a full recovery. In picture above (r) is a map of Lawrence showing the area of the RMP Accident.

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