Anastasios Tsakos, a 43-year-old 14-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and father of two, ages 3 and 6, will not be coming home at the end of his shift. in the early hours of last Tuesday, Tsakos was diverting traffic away from a fatal crash on the Long Island Expressway when he himself became the victim of one. He was struck and killed by a car driven by Jessica Beauvais, 32, who then sped away from the scene of the accident.
If anything positive can be said on Beauvais’s behalf, it is that she left investigators with a nearly two-hour-long livestream to Facebook during which she smoked a joint, took two shots of tequila, and drank wine. According to ABC News 10 she also unburdened herself of some pretty pointed opinions about whether police lives matter, stating as one point, “We want you to know we don’t give a f*ck about you, your mom, or your children or wife. You’re nothing!”
Beauvais’s rant also touched on Derek Chauvin and police brutality against black people, and offered her encouraged to others to fight the police. “Like N.W.A say about the police,” she said, quoting the lyrics of a hip-hop group whose full name is unrepeatable, “if you’re going to kill me, at least I get to take someone with me. I’m one of those people. If I’m going to go, someone is coming.”
At her arraignment, Beauvais “admitted that she didn’t know where she was going, what she was doing, but still got in her car and used GPS as if it was automatic pilot,” according to Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association.