Off-Duty Firefighter Indicted on Manslaughter, DWI Charges in Fatal Crash

An off-duty firefighter accused in a fatal wrong-way crash faces a 16-count indictment.

Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced Monday that Erik Refvik has been arraigned on charges that include aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Newspaper deliver Reyda La Madrid died in the November crash in White Plains. Her husband suffered serious injuries.

Investigators think Refvik was driving near Post Road when he allegedly turned the wrong way onto on South Lexington Avenue. He allegedly T-boned the Honda carrying 47-year-old Reyda La Madrid and her 49-year-old husband, Edgar Lopez, as they crossed South Lexington Avenue.

Police say the Chevrolet Tahoe Refvik was driving continued on South Lexington Avenue after the crash, pushing the Honda about 200 feet down the road and trapping the couple inside. Refvik was allegedly speeding at the time of the crash.

La Madrid was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say she was in the back seat folding newspapers at the time of the impact.

DiFiore says the White Plains firefighter had been drinking for 12 hours. She says he went to at least four bars and only one refused to serve him. Refvik, a four-year veteran with the force, had a blood alcohol level of .145 after the crash.

The DA says Refvik also had consumed cocaine, a drug called clonazepam and bath salts.

He has been suspended from his job without pay during the investigation.

His attorney declined to comment.

La Madrid was an independent contractor for the Journal News' delivery firm.

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