New photos show the filthy interior of the car belonging to a woman accused of moving down an NYPD traffic patrol officer – including a container of marijuana and an alcoholic drink.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, has been charged over the death of NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, who was struck by her Volkswagen on the Long Island Expressway.
The 43-year-old officer had been directing traffic away from a fatal crash in April 2021 when Beauvais – allegedly drunk and high – plowed into him, throwing his body nearly 200 feet down the highway.
Exclusive photos taken by Dailymail.com show the aftermath of the grisly crime.
Exhibits presented to the court show the crumpled hood of Beauvais’s 2013 Volkswagen and the smashed front windshield where Tsakos’s body collided and broke the glass.
A plastic cup with a straw and an ashtray sat in the cupholder. A small container of weed was also found behind the gearshift
Jessica Beauvais, 32, enters court. She is charged in the death of an NYPD Highway Officer after allegedly mowing him down with her car
The hood of the 2013 Volkswagen was crumpled with the impact of a body being thrown against it
Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, was directing traffic away from another fatal accident when he was struck and killed in April 2021
Another photo depicting a blue glow along the roof and trunk appears to show the path the officer’s body travelled as it rolled down the length of the car.
The glow appears to be luminol, a chemical that reacts with the iron in blood to show traces invisible to the naked eye.
A photo from inside the car shows the floor showered with shards of glass and an assortment of items including a tube of lip-gloss, a small notepad and tweezers, as well as a plastic bag containing a folded slip of paper folded.
Other pictures show the damage sustained to the windshield as Beauvais plowed into the officer, hitting him so hard that the glass bent inwards.
The front seats and dashboard are also littered with glass.
The cup holder contains a plastic cup filled with reddish liquid, described by prosecutors as a ‘strong mixed drink.’ Next to it sits an ashtray with flecks of cannabis.
Behind the gearshift, an evidence card denotes where a small container of marijuana was found. The container was presented as evidence in a separate image.
As prosecutors disclosed the details of Tsakos’s death in Queens Supreme Court this month, his sobbing widow had to be led out of the court room.
A photo presented to the court shows a blue glow atop the car – presumably showing the path Tsakos’s body travelled as it was thrown nearly 200 feet
The interior of the car was littered with broken glass from the windshield, which was struck so hard that it bent inwards
The dashboard was covered in shards of glass
Other items of evidence included a lip-gloss tube, a small notepad and tweezers
The pink liquid (left) was described by prosecutors as a ‘strong mixed drink.’ The ashtray contained traces of cannabis
A container filled with marijuana was also recovered from the car
New York Presbyterian EMS worker Kevin Beverly told the court that the officer’s face was ‘split in two.’
‘There was a lot of facial trauma, a lot of swelling, bleeding, bleeding from the ears, bruising on the neck area,’ Beverly said. ‘He had a left leg amputation below the knee halfway down.’
Assistant District Attorney Greg Lasak Jr. stressed this point during opening arguments, saying: ‘His organs and bones were crushed. His leg was amputated. He landed 171 feet from impact.
‘She left him there on the side of the road to die, without his leg.’
The court was shown photos of Tsakos’s battered body. His face was masked in blood, his eyes closed, nose broken and mouth stuffed with gauze.
One of his police-issued boots was strewn in the road, as well as his hat, which was knocked from his head upon impact.
Jurors were also shown a photo of an NYPD Highway Patrol pin that Tsakos had been wearing at the time of his death.
Hours before the crash, Beauvais appeared in a Facebook livestream where she addressed the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.
During the livestream, she slammed the justice system, and played the N.W.A song ‘F**k Tha Police’.
Beauvis enters court handcuffed. The 32-year-old is accused of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated
Hours before the crash, Beauvais appeared in a Facebook livestream where she addressed the trial of white ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd
In the video, she was seen vaping and sipping the ‘mixed drink’ later found in her car
Prosecutors say Beauvais took several hits from a pipe and repeatedly downed shots or took sips of a cocktail over a 90-minute period
‘Everybody knows I smoke weed. It’s very simple, you not supposed to be here if you don’t know weed is my thing,’ Beauvais said in a clip shown to the court
Beauvais’s attorney, Jorge Santos (pictured), told jurors: ‘If Officer Tsakos had not stepped into my client’s car he would be alive today’
The 32-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charges
She was seen vaping and sipping the ‘mixed drink’ later found in her car and, at one point, washed down the contents of a red shot glass with a bottle of Snapple.
Prosecutors say Beauvais took several hits from a pipe and repeatedly downed shots or took sips of a cocktail over a 90-minute period before getting behind the wheel.
‘I still do that s***! I smoked it every day of my life,’ Beauvais said in a clip from the livestream that was shown to the jury.
‘Everybody knows I smoke weed. It’s very simple, you not supposed to be here if you don’t know weed is my thing.’
‘She admitted during the podcast to taking a shot,’ Lasak told the court. ‘She admitted after the podcast she had another shot of liquor.
‘Her eyes were bloodshot and watery, she was unstable on her feet and her speech was slurred.’
Beauvais’s attorney, Jorge Santos, at one point told jurors: ‘If Officer Tsakos had not stepped into my client’s car he would be alive today.’
The remark was immediately met with an objection from prosecutors and was struck from the record.
During the Facebook Live, Beauvais slammed the justice system while playing the N.W.A song ‘F**k Tha Police’
A photo of an NYPD Highway Patrol pin belonging to Tsakos was also shown to the court
Hundreds attended the fallen officer’s funeral
This included members of Hartford Police, who rode in a motorcycle procession
Officers lined the street to pay their respects
Tsakos, affectionately referred to as ‘Tasso,’ was a married father-of-two who grew up in Greece and New York City
Beauvais faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
After her arrest, Beauvais is alleged to have said: ‘Why did my first accident have to be a cop?
‘Not that I wanted it to be someone else, but f**k, I’ve been driving since I was 16 and haven’t hit as much as a pothole.’
She offered a tearful apology as she was being taken for arraignment in May 2021, telling reporters: ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I hit him and now he’s dead.’
Tsakos, affectionately known as ‘Tasso,’ was a married father of two who had recently moved to East Northport before his death.
He grew up in Greece and New York City before serving in the Greek army after high school.
Tsakos worked in his father’s diner on Long Island, before studying aviation in college to follow his dreams of flying helicopters for the NYPD.
Hundreds mourned at his funeral, where Tsakos was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective.