An NYPD traffic enforcement officer was driving drunk at 111 miles per hour just before the crash that split his car in half and killed his female passenger, according to prosecutors.
Stefan Hoyte, 26, was out partying with other traffic cops and celebrating the 21st birthday of one's girlfriend, Amanda Miner, early on the morning of March 16th, he told police after the crash. Hoyte allegedly told cops that the group was at a bar in Manhattan for about an hour before leaving to drive Miner and her boyfriend, Hoyte's close friend, home. He also claimed to have only had one drink, a vodka with pineapple juice, and to have been driving 50 or 60 when he hit a patch of ice and crashed. The speed limit on the bridge is 35 mph.
Prosecutors say they have video that shows Hoyte at the bar for three hours, downing nine or 10 vodka drinks, including "six test-tube shots of vodka" and "two shots of vodka." Also, late-model cars, apparently including Hoyte's 2013 Infiniti, come with black boxes that constantly record factors such as speed and braking for review after crashes. District attorneys say that the black box recovered from Hoyte's car show that he was going 111 miles per hour in the seconds before he slammed into a median, then a support beam.
Immediately after the crash, "We both looked back into the backseat and saw that the back of the car was gone and we could see straight through to the outside," Hoyte told police that morning. "[My friend] and I were able to get out of the car and that is when we saw Amanda’s body and the other half of the car."
Miner's body was also split in two. A Williamsburg native, she was a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and hoped to go on to study social work.
Later, at the hospital, Hoyte asked to be placed near his friend, a fellow traffic cop, court documents show.
"Is my friend okay? Is my friend okay?" Hoyte asked an officer. The officer asked which friend he meant. Hoyte responded, "Clearly my boy, because she's dead."
Hoyte is also reported as saying, at various times that morning, that he hadn't been drinking, and that he had "had a couple of drinks but I'm fine."
Prosecutors announced Hoyte's indictment on Thursday.
In court that day, Hoyte's lawyer noted the snowstorm that dumped seven inches on the city two days prior, saying, "The accident happened immediately after a snowstorm." He also referred to a neighbor who has said that he called 311 hours before the crash to complain about a missing reflector on the median, predicting that "someone was going to get killed." The call does not appear to be memorialized in online 311 records.
District attorneys say Hoyte's blood alcohol content was .12, well over the .08 limit.
Hoyte, a Flatlands resident and three-year NYPD employee, was out on $100,000 bail when he returned to court. At his Thursday appearance, the judge ordered him rearrested and reset bail at $250,000.
Hoyte's lawyer did not respond to a message left with his receptionist.