A young rookie NYPD officer lost her life on Feb. 1, 2017, when her sergeant wrecked his car. Sgt. Randolph Price was speeding when he lost control of his 2012 Dodge Charger and overturned the car. He was drunk at the time of the crash.
The 27-year-old passenger, Bianca Bennett, and Price were leaving a restaurant after spending time at the NYPD Firing Range. When his car went off the road near City Island, the car struck a tree stump and flipped over. It immediately burst into flames. Two cops who had also been at the range saw what happened and stopped to help. They managed to pull Price from the car, but Bennett perished in the flames.
Price was charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving. According to his blood work performed at the hospital where he was treated, Price’s blood alcohol content registered at .12– the legal limit is .08. Bronx prosecutors said that Bennett, who had only been a cop for 10 months, didn’t have to die. They are holding Price accountable for his decisions.
“(Price) allegedly was drinking and got behind the wheel of a car that crashed, flipped over, and burst into flames,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke said in a statement. “A young officer who was his passenger died at the scene, her promising life cut short. This tragedy is all the more senseless because it was avoidable.”
Bennett had much to look forward to in her personal life after reaching her professional goal of becoming a police officer. She was engaged to marry Michael Coleman and was set to walk down the aisle just a little over two months later on April 8. They were high school sweethearts.
The 32-year-old sergeant had been on the force for nine years at the time of the accident. Price sustained serious injuries and was reportedly in a coma for some time after he was initially hospitalized. When he appeared in court on Friday, Price was still in a wheelchair after sustaining trauma to his legs. He pleaded not guilty and was released after posting $100,000 bail.
Lord when I complain, fill me with a spirit of gratitude. When I feel tired, remind me not to be weary in well doing. When I feel alone, comfort me with your presence. For there is nothing greater than your love…your love that keeps us,protects us from harm and danger, your love that promotes excellence….finally your love that welcomes us back home. -Sara Jai #restwell #biancabennett #nypd #masons #easternstar
Bennett’s family was left broken by the loss. Her father said at her funeral that he wanted to dance with his daughter at her wedding and is pained at the thought of never seeing her again. And Bennett’s fiancee struggled to cope with her sudden death.
“I’m held together with paper clips and scotch tape right now. I ain’t used to feeling like this,” Michael Coleman said. “I feel vulnerable. That was my strength right there.”