Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police, New York End of Watch: Monday, December 29, 2014

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Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi

Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police, New York
End of Watch: Monday, December 29, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 62
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: 2372

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: October 20, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Chief James Fortunato
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police
Robert Moses Building
Randall’s Island, NY 10035
Phone: (212) 360-4177

Bridge and Tunnel Officer Thomas Choi succumbed to injuries sustained on October 20th, 2013, when he was struck by a vehicle on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Officer Choi was reopening the lower level of the bridge at approximately 7:45 am when he was struck by a vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he slipped into a coma due to severe head injuries. Officer Choi remained in a coma until succumbing to his injuries one year later.
Officer Choi had served with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police for 11 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, mother, and four siblings.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An MTA officer succumbed Monday to injuries he suffered when he was struck last year by a car on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the agency said.

Thomas Choi, 62, is the first officer to die in the line of duty in the 81-year history of MTA Bridges and Tunnels, also known as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority.

Choi was struck when he was removing barrels while reopening the Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge on Oct. 20, 2013. The lower level of the bridge is closed on weekends from midnight until about 8 a.m.

He was treated at Staten Island University Hospital and Seaview Rehabilitation Center but never regained consciousness, the MTA said.

“Officer Choi dedicated himself to serving and protecting everyone who travels the bridges and tunnels that unite New York, and all of us at the MTA join in mourning him,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said in a news release. “We send our deepest condolences to his family.”

“The entire MTA Bridges and Tunnels family is deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Choi,” added MTA Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of his colleagues who have worked with him. He was genuinely liked by all who knew him.”

The 26-year-old female driver of the car that hit Choi remained at the scene. Police determined there was no criminality involved, and the Bayonne, New Jersey, resident was not charged.

Choi is survived by a grown daughter and son.

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