Latest News
Headlines

Woman Celebrating 21st Birthday Killed After NYPD Traffic Agent Drunkenly Crashes Car: Cops

Amanda Miner, who turned 21 Wednesday, died after 26-year-old NYPD traffic enforcement agent Stefan Hoyte allegedly crashed his car. (Facebook) Amanda Miner, who turned 21 Wednesday, died after 26-year-old NYPD traffic enforcement agent Stefan Hoyte allegedly crashed his car. (Facebook)

What was supposed to be a joyous celebration turned into a day of mourning when a woman ringing in her 21st birthday was killed in a devastating car crash in New York early Thursday, police said.

Amanda Miner, who turned 21 Wednesday, was in the back seat of a grey 2013 Infiniti sedan traveling from Manhattan into Brooklyn when it slammed into the median of the Williamsburg Bridge at 3:14 a.m., officials said.

The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old NYPD traffic enforcement agent Stefan Hoyte, allegedly lost control of the car, striking the barrier and then a support pillar with such force that it ripped the vehicle in half, a police source told InsideEdition.com.

Miner, who lived in Williamsburg, was ejected from the demolished car and died at the scene, authorities said.

The young woman was a junior at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania and had graduated from the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem.

Read: Firefighter Killed In Car Accident While Driving To Fire That Killed Girl, 2

She worked at the Camp Hope charity group in New Orleans during her spring break last year, writing on Facebook of those she volunteered with "beautiful individuals inside and out."

Miner went on to travel to Costa Rica, posting on social medial of her adventures while studying at San José’s Universidad Veritas.

"4 Months to Remember," she posted in December 2016.

Miner’s mother, Virginia Cabrera-Miner, posted a “Happy Birthday” card to her daughter on social media, sharing a photo of her on Facebook, where friends shared their condolences.

“We will always love you, princess,” one friend wrote.

“You were always happy and a joy to teach. You made me a better person and teacher. RIP Princess,” another person commented on the mother’s post.

Cabrera-Miner told reporters that she did not know the driver of the vehicle, Hoyte, who police said had been driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Read: Survivor Of Car Crash That Killed Her Friends Leaves Hospital After 6 Months

Hoyte, whose Facebook page was filled with pictures of a grey 2013 Infiniti, was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, DWI and was cited for speeding, cops said.

He allegedly took a Breathalyzer test that showed .10, above the .08 legal limit, a police source said.

Hoyte was brought to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, along with a 24-year-old man, identified by a source as Michael Camacho, another NYPD traffic agent who had been sitting in the front passenger seat, cops said.

Authorities said Hoyte joined the force as a traffic agent in December 2013 and was suspended following his arrest.

The Williamsburg Bridge’s inner lanes were closed early Thursday as the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad inspected the scene.

Watch: Terrified Girl Calls 911 As Father Drives Drunk: 'Daddy, Stop the Friggin' Car!'

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web
Comments