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Westchester Police Release Passenger In Deadly Saw Mill River Parkway Chase

A look at the scene on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers on Tuesday afternoon.
A look at the scene on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers on Tuesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Twitter @MarcusSolis7

YONKERS, N.Y. -- The passenger in the car that was in a fatal chase at high speed on the Saw Mill Parkway Tuesday has been released from police custody, says Westchester News 12.

Westchester County Police released Yonkers resident Akeem Smith, 25, from custody when no warrants that are outstanding were discovered, according to the report.

He was riding in the passenger side of a silver Nissan that Miguel Espinal, 36, of Queens was driving at the time an NYPD police car attempted to pull over the vehicle for unclear violations in the Bronx at 242nd Street and Broadway. Espinal was shot and killed in a police chase of the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers on Tuesday afternoon.

He was shot at Tibbetts Brook Park by an NYPD officer, according to a report by The New York Times.

Espinal was on parole for burglary. After fleeing a gray 2009 Nissan through a window and jumping over a guardrail, according to police, he was killed from a single shot fired by an officer from NYPD's 50th precinct.

Smith was taken into custody.

The stretch of the parkway where the 12:10 p.m. crash occurred was between Exit 3 (McLean Avenue) and the Cross County Parkway (Exit 4).

Tibbetts Park remained closed throughout Tuesday evening as the investigation continued. It was expected the majority of the park will reopen Wednesday.

Yonkers Police said it has been informed by the NYPD that there are no additional suspects being sought.

The police chase started in the Riverdale section of the Bronx just before noon and ended with the Saw Mill River Parkway crash.

The chase reportedly began when the Nissan hit an NYPD vehicle in Riverdale and then sped away.

Several people suffered non-life threatening injuries in both the crash and subsequent manhunt, including two police officers, who sustained minor injuries according to WABC-7.

At one point during the chase, the Nissan drove the wrong way on the Saw Mill, according to reports.

The Yonkers Police Department assisted the NYPD in the search near Tibbets Park.

County Executive Rob Astorino was on the scene and received a briefing from county police.

Here's the full Westchester News 12 report.

See the deadly crash report on the Daily Voice here.

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