The New York Police Department has identified an officer killed in an off-duty crash as Brian Kessler.
Police say the 28-year-old died Wednesday morning after his car collided head-on with a city-owned garbage truck in the Bronx.
NYPD Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen said the department extends its “heartfelt condolences to the Kessler family and the extended NYPD family for their loss.”
A police union said it is deeply saddened by Kessler’s death and is praying for his family, fiancé and NYPD colleagues.
Pictures show a damaged parks department garbage truck resting against the passenger side of Kessler’s sedan on the side of a two-lane road in Pelham.
The sedan had significant front-end damage.
Two parks department employees in the garbage truck were treated for minor injuries.