Woman hit by alleged drunk-driving detective dies



A young woman whose car was struck early Sunday by a drunken off-duty NYPD detective has died from her injuries, police said.

Vanessa Raghubar, 22, of Elmont, LI, was pronounced dead Monday at Jamaica Hospital.

Detective Neville Smith, 32, who works in the 48th Precinct in The Bronx, was driving a Mercedes south on the Van Wyck Expressway when he rear-ended her Honda near Rockaway Boulevard around 4 a.m., authorities said.

The Honda struck a tree and light pole.

Raghubar and her two passengers, a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, were taken to Jacobi Hospital, along with Smith, who suffered minor head and neck injuries.

Smith was charged with driving while intoxicated, several counts of vehicular assault, assault and refusal to take a breath test.

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