Clear Cop in Death of Biker
By HUGH SON
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
April 3, 2004
A veteran cop accused of killing a young Brooklyn motorcyclist while driving drunk was acquitted of all charges yesterday, a verdict that outraged the victim’s family.
Off-duty Officer Victor Wilson, 43, had just left a Bay Ridge bowling alley when he crashed into Stefanos Kiladitis’ motorbike at 88th St. and Fort Hamilton Parkway on June 19, 2002.
Kiladitis landed 30 feet from his Yamaha motorcycle and died of his injuries three days later.
Defense lawyer Todd Greenberg said that jurors believed Wilson’s bowling buddies and an arresting officer on the scene who testified that the cop appeared sober, despite a test that found otherwise.
An Intoxilyzer test administered by cops two hours after the crash found Wilson’s blood-alcohol level to be 0.11% – 0.1% above the legal limit – but the test was shown to be unreliable, Greenberg said.
‘This basically says if you’re a cop you can do something wrong and get away with it,’ said Despena Vasiadis, 25, fiancee? of Kiladitis’ brother John.
Another factor in the verdict was that Kiladitis, 21, was traveling along Fort Hamilton Parkway at 55 mph above the speed limit, sources said.
‘Although we’re pleased with the verdict, Mr. Wilson wants the Kiladitis family to know that he certainly shares their sadness,’ Greenberg said.
Wilson, of Tottenville, S.I. had been charged with vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Greenberg called for the suspended cop to be returned to active duty.