July 18, 2000
The hunt goes on for the driver of a motorcycle who police say is linked to an accident that killed a police officer on Staten Island. The flag at the 120th Precinct on Staten Island is flying at half staff as police officers there and city wide continue to mourn 31-year-old Officer John Kelly. He was killed Monday afternoon while chasing a man on a stolen motorcycle. Kelly lost control of his car, hitting a utility pole at Forrest and Gulf Avenues. He went into cardiac arrest and doctors at Saint Vincent's Hospital on Staten Island revived him three times, but he died later from his severe injuries. Kelly comes from a family of police officers who include his wife. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani praised Kelly's work, saying, "this is the reason New York city and New York City's citizens have the quality of life and safety most cities don't have, because we have enormously dedicated police officers and firefighters who serve the city. Nobody can explain why out of all the police officers and firefighters and whatever that some people are asked to pay the ultimate price." Kelly was an eight year veteran of the force and was assigned to the Staten Island Auto Theft Unit. He's the second police officer to die in the line of duty this year.