Officer Paul Duncan was killed on his way to work Friday, as his family unknowingly got caught in the resulting traffic jam

By Michelle Ward
Updated February 28, 2015 11:35 AM
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http://www.nbcnewyork.com/portableplayer/?cmsID=294442971&videoID=U7mwx_8YcJ3y&origin=nbcnewyork.com&sec=news&subsec=local&width=600&height=360 A New York Police Department detective was killed early Friday morning on his way to work in a wrong-way highway crash, causing a major traffic jam that impacted his family as his wife drove their teenage daughter to school.

Paul Duncan, 46, was driving south on the Sprain Brook Parkway near Greenburgh, New York, on his way to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau in Queens when he was hit by a Honda Pilot traveling in the wrong direction around 4 a.m., reports NBC 4 New York.

The resulting massive traffic pile-up impacted his wife, Rechelle, and their 13-year-daughter, who were on their way to the teenager’s school not knowing what had happened.

Later Friday, Rechelle was remarkably composed as she spoke about her husband, who was also her high school sweetheart. The couple recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, reports The Journal News.

“He was thoughtful, he was disciplined. He made really good dinners,” Rechelle told NBC 4 of the man who had been her high school sweetheart. He thought he was funny, a sharp dresser, a really good dad.”

Police told the news station it’s unclear why the driver, 20-year-old Efren Moreano of Yonkers, was driving the wrong way. He is currently in a coma at an area hospital.