The family of police officer Andrew Menzies mourned yesterday at their North Babylon home, where Menzies left behind a wife and five children who described him as "a loving, caring dad." His three oldest daughters were from his first marriage to a woman who died of an epileptic seizure, and Andrea Menzies, 15, tells the Daily News, "I lost my mom and my dad. He was all I had left." Police say Menzies, 35, was killed instantly when Michael Bowen, 50, of Brooklyn, ran into him head-on as he drunkenly drove the wrong way on the Northern State Parkway just after midnight yesterday. Bowen had a blood alcohol level of 0.25, three times the legal limit, police said.
Yesterday Newsday (paywall) was at Menzies's home, where his youngest daughter "burrowed her head into her mother," crying, "I want Daddy." The Daily News also notes that Menzies, a nine-year veteran assigned to the Queens Housing Bureau, was suing the NYPD in federal court, "claiming the department harassed him and hampered his efforts to get promoted to sergeant after unsubstantiated insurance fraud accusations against him." The NYPD would not comment on that lawsuit, but Commissioner Ray Kelly expressed his condolences: "His young children are left without a father as a result of a senseless accident."
"I'm still in shock," Menzies's father told Newsday. "I can't believe it's happened to him. You hear all these stories where people who lose loved ones, and fathers and mothers who lose their sons and their daughters. And all of a sudden, reality sets in. I still can't believe this is true. All the time he was a cop, I knew he had a big heart. I didn't think anything would ever happen to him."