Mayor de Blasio’s day predictably went south when his police driver barreled down Manhattan’s busy streets the wrong way.
Emergency lights and sirens blaring, the socialist mayor’s SUV plowed into a truck making a legal turn, sparking a frantic cover-up.
Fox News’ Ron Biltzer reports:
The incident took place on Aug. 22, 2015, but details have surfaced only recently. In late April, it was reported that text messages related to the incident indicated that Howard Redmond, commanding officer of the mayor’s Executive Protection Unit, wanted details kept under wraps.
“As per CO [commanding officer] no one is to know about this,” Sgt. Jerry Ioveno reportedly texted to the unit’s other members, warning against mentioning it to other teams. He repeated, “No one is to know.”
Redmond was reportedly trying to avoid bad “optics” from the crash. De Blasio has taken a strong stance on traffic incidents, recently speaking out against bikes that travel the wrong way.
Richmond especially feared headlines about the crash while the mayor promoted his Vision Zero initiative to reduce accident-related deaths.
The DMV did not have any report of the accident on file, even though reports are required for incidents where damage exceeds $1,000; the NYPD’s Chevy Tahoe was kept out of operation for two weeks.
De Blasio’s driver, NYPD Det. Edgar Robles attempted to blame the truck driver he hit. Robles was found to be at fault.