After Jersey City cop Martin Abreu was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, after allegedly striking two pedestrians—killing one and injuring the other—his mother defended him. The Daily News reports that a woman who identified herself as Abreu's mother said, "It was her fault," referring to 26-year-old Marilyn Feng, who died while crossing West Street at Albany in Battery Park City. The woman added, "So my son went out and had a couple of drinks. He deserves to have a good time now and then."
Feng and boyfriend Dennis Loffredo (both pictured at left) were walking to Feng's apartment at 3:40 a.m., after a night of tango dancing. The News reports, "Cops pointedly refused to say whether the couple had the light or not." Feng, who had recently graduated NYU Law school, was about to start a job at the Chinatown Manhpower Project helping immigrants find jobs, according to the Post. Feng once interned in Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's office; Stringer said she "had a great future."
Jersey City chief of police Tom Comey said, "The charges surrounding this incident are most serious and this type of activity will not be tolerated by the JCPD, which led to Mr. Abreu's immediate suspension. While Mr. Abreu was in no way representing our department when this incident occurred, our primary thoughts are with the injured and the woman who perished. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families." Abreu has been suspended without pay.