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Drunken NYPD Agent Was Driving 60 MPH Before Fatal Bridge Crash, DA Reveals

By Aidan Gardiner | March 17, 2017 11:42am
 Amanda Miner was out celebrating her 21st birthday when a car she was in crashed, police said.
Amanda Miner was out celebrating her 21st birthday when a car she was in crashed, police said.
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MANHATTAN — The drunken off-duty NYPD agent who crashed on the Williamsburg Bridge Thursday morning, killing a woman the day after her 21st birthday, was driving nearly double the speed limit before losing control of his car, prosecutors said.

Amanda Miner, who was studying to be a social worker, was sitting in the back seat of a 2013 Infiniti G37 driven by Stefan Hoyte, 26, when he sped at up to 60 mph toward Brooklyn on the bridge before hitting a barrier and then a support column that halved the car about 3:15 a.m., police said.

The speed limit on the bridge is 35 mph.

The crash severed Miner's body in two and flung her into the road, the Manhattan District Attorney's office wrote in Hoyte's criminal complaint, released after his arraignment Thursday night.

Hoyte, who has been suspended from from his job as an NYPD traffic agent in Queens as a result of his arrest, told NYPD Officer Matthew Mauro at the scene that he'd had two drinks at a bar before getting behind the wheel, according to his criminal complaint. But he had a blood alcohol level of .103 percent, well above the limit of .08 percent, sources said.

Hoyte's split car was taken to the Seventh Precinct's stationhouse on the Lower East Side after the crash. (DNAinfo/Noah Hurowitz)

Hoyte and another off-duty traffic agent were treated at Bellevue for minor injuries from the crash, police said.

Hoyte was charged with vehicular manslaughter, assault and drunk driving, according to the criminal complaint against him.

He's being held on $100,000 bail and due back in court March 21, records show.

Hoyt was involved in another crash that involved an injury in Brooklyn in August, according to a DMV spokesman. The circumstances of that incident weren't immediately clear Friday.

Miner's mother, Virginia Cabrera-Miner said her daughter attended Pennsylvania's Lafayette College and hoped to do social work when she graduated.

"She had a good heart, everybody that knew her loved her. Since she was little she was all about helping people, standing up for the little guy," Cabrera-Miner said.

"She could've changed this world, she changed mine. But now we'll never see how far she could've gone," the mother added.