Report: Firefighter accused in fatal DWI had prior conviction

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A White Plains firefighter accused in a fatal DWI crash had reportedly been convicted of drunken driving more than 10 years ago.



Erik Refvik, 33, was off duty when police say he was drunk and driving the wrong way down South Lexington Avenue early Monday morning. He then allegedly crashed his SUV into another car at Martine Avenue, killing passenger Reyda LaMadrid, 47, of Harrison. Her husband, Edgar Lopez, was hospitalized with serious injuries.



Refvik was reportedly convicted of DWI in 2003 when he pleaded guilty after an arrest in New York City. He allegedly avoided jail time by agreeing to participate in an alcohol treatment program.



Refvik has been charged with DWI and criminally negligent homicide. Police say his blood alcohol level was nearly double the legal limit.



Refvik, who has been with the White Plains Fire Department for four years, has now been suspended without pay.


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