EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. - Rensselaer's Deputy Police Chief Jim Frankovski and its Public Safety Board have suspended the Rensselaer police officer charged with driving while intoxicated after investigators say he struck a tree, killing his passenger.
Mark R. Fusco, 22, is currently on administrative leave, but will be suspended as soon as the paperwork can be processed, according to authorities.
He is the son of the Rensselaer Police Department's Chief Rick Fusco, and had recently been hired as a police officer with the Rensselaer Police Department.
The accident occurred around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning on Third Avenue Extension at the Rensselaer City Line near the intersection of Grove Street. Police received multiple calls of a car which struck a tree.
Upon arrival, police found a wrecked 2012 Volkswagen. The male passenger, 22-year-old Sean Murphy of Slingerlands, had been ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Preliminary investigation into Murphy's cause of death indicate severe blunt force injuries, resulting from the automobile impact into the tree.
Fusco was removed by ambulance to Albany Medical Center Hospital with multiple injuries. He was arrested at the hospital, and has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Speed Not Reasonable or Prudent, and Failure to Stay in Designated Lane.
According to East Greenbush Police Detective Matt Breit, police are waiting for toxicology results and more evidence to come in before taking further action.
He also says Fusco will be facing more serious charges including Vehicular Manslaughter.
The East Greenbush PD and the District Attorney hope the arrest will happen before the end of the week, but they're also taking Fusco's health into consideration.
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