Charges On Hold Against Off-Duty Officer Involved In Deadly Brooklyn Crash

Marla Diamond
December 09, 2019 - 11:44 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An off-duty NYPD officer involved in a deadly two-car collision in Brooklyn early Sunday has been released from custody pending an investigation.

Police said in a release that 47-year old Rohan Shaw, a 22-year veteran of the NYPD who works in the department's counter terrorism unit, was driving a white Nissan down Foster Avenue and East 55th Street in East Flatbush around 5 a.m. when he collided with a Mazda that ran a stop a sign at 55th Street.

Police are now searching for the driver of the Mazda who fled the scene, leaving two women critically injured inside. 

One of them, 23-year-old Joanna Dixon, died. Her best friend, 22-year-old Nia Reynolds is in serious condition at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County. 

The women had been celebrating Dixon's birthday earlier in the evening. 

Police say Shaw wasn't seriously injured in the crash.

He was initially taken into custody on charges of criminally negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding and DWI, but the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced Monday that it is deferring prosecution pending an investigation.

As of now, Shaw is not facing any charges.