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Drunk New York police officer kills his friend on her 21st birthday

By Mason White 1:29 PM May 7, 2017
Amanda Miner and officer Stefan Hoyte (right)
Amanda Miner and officer Stefan Hoyte (right)
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A woman of New York, died after celebrating her birthday with her friend who is a police officer.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the indictment of the police officer, who was off duty at the time of the incident.

26-year-old Stefan Hoyte crashed his car into a pillar on the Williamsburg Bridge while under the influence of alcohol.

During the accident, the car was split in half, killing his backseat passenger, 21-year-old Amanda Miner, who worked as a social worker.

Miner’s boyfriend, Michael Camacho, 24, who is a traffic agent, was in the front passenger seat. He was injured, but survived.

Hoyte was charged with manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, and two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, at approximately 3:10 a.m., Hoyte was driving the victim and her boyfriend home from a Manhattan bar. He was heading eastbound on the Williamsburg Bridge.

The defendant, who was driving an Infiniti G37 well over the speed limit, lost control of the vehicle and struck a pillar that divided the inner and outer roadways of the bridge.

A black box recovered from the vehicle revealed that the off-duty officer had been driving at a speed of 111 miles per hour in the 35 mph zone before the crash.

At the time of the arrest, officers observed that Hoyte appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a hospital, where a test relieved that he had a blood alcohol level of .12, which is over the legal limit.

Hoyte, who has a 5-year-old daughter, was suspended from his job. Miner, studied anthropology and sociology at Lafayette College, and was supposed to graduate next year.