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BILD: NYPD cop dies while doing manicure for wedding after ‘drunk driver’ crashes into salon – four dead

A New York police officer was killed on Friday evening when she was getting her nails done for a wedding and a suspected drunk driver crashed into the salon.

Emilia Rennhack, 30, stopped by Hawaii Nail and Spa later that evening to prepare for another police officer’s wedding when 64-year-old Steve Schwally drove into the store, according to police.

A witness told CBS News he saw the suspected drunk driver swerving at the wheel as he tried to pass other cars on the road, which has a 30 mph speed limit.

He is also said to have shouted at people from his car before the accident, in which three other people died and eight were injured.

30-year-old New York police officer Emilia Rennhack was killed on Friday when a suspected drunk driver crashed into a nail salon on Long Island.

Suffolk County Police have arrested 64-year-old Steve Schwally for drunk driving

Suffolk County Police have arrested 64-year-old Steve Schwally for drunk driving

Friends remembered Rennhack over the weekend as a “generous” woman who married fellow officer Carl Rennhack last September.

“Emilia, I can’t believe you’re gone… you were such an amazing, sweet, young lady,” a friend wrote on Facebook.

“You had just gotten married and had your whole life ahead of you,” she said, calling the accident “tragic” and saying Rennhack “didn’t deserve this.”

Her new husband is also “doing poorly,” an unnamed police source told the New York Post, adding: “His wife was his life.”

Carl’s mother also said he was “very desperate at the moment” and described her daughter-in-law as a “wonderful woman”.

“She was beautiful, she was very kind, she was very compassionate, she was very special,” said Holly Rennhack.

Rennhack was remembered over the weekend as a “generous” woman who had recently married fellow officer Carl Rennhack.

Rennhack was remembered over the weekend as a “generous” woman who had recently married fellow officer Carl Rennhack.

The two officers had married in a ceremony last September, and Rennhack had had his nails done that evening for the wedding of a fellow officer.

The two officers had married in a ceremony last September, and Rennhack had had his nails done that evening for the wedding of a fellow officer.

Several police organizations also expressed their sadness over Rennhack’s death; the Police Benevolent Association spoke of a “tragic loss.”

“Please join us in praying for her family, friends and colleagues,” social media said, while the Det. Simonsen Foundation – founded after the fatal shooting of Det. Brian Simonsen in a Queens phone store – stressed that Rennhack and her husband “were part of our family.”

“The Simonsen Foundation is deeply shocked to learn of the tragic death of Emilia Rennhack,” the foundation posted on Facebook.

“You could always see them at our events and they always honored Brian,” the couple said.

“Emilia will be missed and we will NEVER forget her.”

“To Carl: We love you more than anything and will always be here for you.”

Meanwhile, the NYPD’s Pulaski Foundation said it had “come together in the shadow of the tragedy created by the loss of one of our members, Police Officer Emilia Rennhack (Kowalczyk), whose sudden disappearance from this world has left us in profound shock and sadness.”

“At times like these, words often cannot express the depth of our feelings, the enormity of our loss and the profound sense of disbelief that accompanies an unexpected departure.”

Several police organizations also expressed their regret over Rennhack's death. The Police Benevolent Association called it a

Several police organizations also expressed their regret over Rennhack’s death. The Police Benevolent Association called it a “tragic loss.”

According to Suffolk County police, Schwally crashed into the back of the Long Island salon on Friday, trapping employees and customers inside.

When firefighters arrived, they found four people dead – including Rennhack, Jiancai Chen, 37, of Bayside, Queens; Yan Xu, 41, of Flushing, Queens; and Meizi Zhang, 50, also of Flushing, WABC reports.

According to Newsday, Schwally, the suspected driver, was also found semi-conscious after the accident, arrested and taken to a local hospital.

He is accused of drunk driving, but police expect the charges to be upgraded.

They found that Schwally was allegedly speeding through the parking lot of a shopping center in Deer Park when he crashed into the salon’s window around 4:30 p.m.

A video of the aftermath shows chaotic scenes: Rescue workers arrive at the shopping center, which also houses a liquor store and a Dominican restaurant, while a massive police presence cordons off the area.

A rescue helicopter landed on the scene to transport a victim to the hospital.

Four people were killed and eight others injured in the crash on Friday

Four people were killed and eight others injured in the crash on Friday

According to Newsday, this is not the first time Schwally has been charged with drunk driving.

In April 2014, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and his license was revoked.

Schwally’s brother Edward also claims to have been convicted of drunk driving on more than one occasion. He says he once drove his brother on probation after he refused to take a breathalyzer test in 2010 or 2011.

“It’s like my worst nightmare has come true,” Edward told the Post.

“I feel terribly sorry when innocent people get hurt.”

He also admitted that his brother had a habit of “talking badly about everyone.”

“He could be vicious at times,” Edward said of his relatives.

“I mean, I’m terribly sorry that it turned out this way,” he said. “There’s really nothing I can do for him.”

“It is no longer in everyone’s hands. It is in the hands of the courts.”

“He won’t see the light of day,” Edward continued. “He’s finished. He’s not getting out of here.”

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