- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say they have arrested and charged the man they believe struck and killed an off-duty New York City police officer in a hit-and-run accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in Elizabeth.

New Jersey State Police say 35-year-old William Espinal-Mejia of Linden was charged Monday evening with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

Officials say 25-year-old Vincent Harrison’s car had collided with an SUV around 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say he got out of his car and was on the shoulder of the turnpike when he was fatally struck by a vehicle driven by Espinal-Mejia, who left the scene.

Authorities also are investigating whether Harrison exchanged words with the SUV driver and drew his weapon before being struck.

New York officials say Harrison was assigned to a Queens precinct.

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