Off-duty NYPD officer Vincent Persaud, 31, killed in two-car crash in Lynbrook


Update: Vincent Persaud's family has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for funeral costs. To learn more or to donate, click here. 

Vincent Persaud, 31, an off-duty New York City police officer was killed in a two-car crash in Lynbrook while heading to work early Wednesday morning, according to Lynbrook police.

Lynbrook Police Lt. Charles McCartney said the accident happened at about 6:48 a.m. Persaud was headed westbound on Peninsula Boulevard when the collision occurred near the Hempstead Avenue intersection. The crash caused the officer’s car to spin out of control and careen into a tree.

The driver of the other car was not injured, McCartney said. Persaud was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital in Valley Stream and pronounced dead shortly after 9 a.m. Police did not initially release his name.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Nassau County Police Chief Patrick Ryder hosted a news conference about the incident Wednesday morning and offered condolences to Persaud's family.