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Hero Down: New York Police Department Officer Kevin Lui Dies 2 Days After Off-Duty Crash

Smithtown, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Kevin Lui died on April 30 after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash while off duty two days earlier.

The 43-year-old officer was traveling eastbound on Northern State Parkway past Exit 46 when the crash occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. on April 28, the New York Post reported.

The New York State Police (NYSP) said Officer Lui’s vehicle veered off of the left side of the roadway and slammed into a tree, causing him to suffer a broken leg and severe damage to his internal organs.

The veteran officer was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he remained until he succumbed to his injuries shortly after 7 p.m. on April 30, the New York Post reported.

The exact cause of the collision was unknown and the investigation into the incident remained ongoing.

Officer Lui served the NYPD for 17 years, the NYPD Ceremonial Unit said in a tweet on May 6.

He was assigned to the department’s 23rd Precinct at the time of his death.

“His family was presented with our Department Flag in his honor,” the NYPD Ceremonial Unit said, in addition to sharing photos from the fallen officer’s memorial service. “May he rest in eternal peace.”

The NYPD 23rd Precinct said Officer Lui “was quick to smile and was a true mentor to others.”

“Despite his loss, his presence will continue to be felt in #EastHarlem as Officers who knew him continue to serve with him as a role model,” the precinct tweeted.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Kevin Lui, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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