Reports: Healdsburg High grad Andrew Esquivel killed in New York crash

A Healdsburg High School graduate was killed in Brooklyn early Saturday morning after an off-duty officer drove into a group of pedestrians in a suspected DUI crash, according to newspaper reports.

Andrew Esquivel, 21, who graduated from Healdsburg High School in 2013 and was attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was one of four people NYPD officer Nicholas Batka struck while driving a silver Dodge Durango SUV at about 3 a.m. Saturday, New York newspapers reported Sunday.

The reports said Esquivel was identified as the victim in prosecution documents charging Batka with manslaughter and other crimes.

The other pedestrians - a man and two women, also in their early 20s - were seriously injured. A family member of one victim told the New York Post that the group had just emerged from a subway station when they were struck.

Batka, 28, has been suspended from the NYPD, the Post and other media reported.

Esquivel was an Eagle Scout and a wrestler on the Healdsburg High team who continued the sport at MIT. The Healdsburg Tribune reported in 2013 that he had received a full ride scholarship to the school from the James Family Foundation and wanted to study computer science and aerospace engineering.

He was interning at a New York software company called AppBoy this summer, according to his LinkedIn page.

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