An NYPD officer has died following a hit-and-run on the Long Island Expressway in Queens, authorities say.

Police say the highway officer was diverting traffic on the LIE near Exit 26 after a previous crash near Francis Lewis Boulevard. They say the officer was then hit by a car that took off just before 2 a.m. The officer was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The NYPD officer who was killed was identified as Anastasios Tsakos, a 14-year veteran of the department and was described as a “highly regarded” member of the NYPD.They say he lived in Suffolk County and has a wife and two young kids.

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