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Jeffrey Epstein autopsy reveals broken bones in neck, cause of death pending: report

An autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed the convicted sex offender had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone, according to a report.

The hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging — especially in older people — but is more common in strangulation murders, The Washington Post reported.

EPSTEIN ACCUSER’S LAWYER: GHISLAINE MAXWELL WAS A ‘PRINCIPAL CONSPIRATOR’ IN ALLEGED SEX-TRAFFICKING RING

Epstein, 66, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.

He was placed on suicide watch in July but was removed from it by the end of the month.

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The circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death have led to several unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

His official cause of death is still pending, The Post reported.

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This Day in History: Aug. 15

On this day, Aug, 15 …

1969: The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens in Bethel, N.Y.

Also on this day:

  • 1939: “The Wizard of Oz” premieres in Hollywood.
  • 1947: The Indian Independence Bill creates the two independent states of India and Pakistan.
  • 1998: A car bomb kills 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the deadliest act of violence in more than 30 years of the “Troubles.”
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Off-duty NYPD officer found dead in Queens, force’s ninth suicide this year

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[Editor’s note: This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).]

A veteran officer with the New York Police Department was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday, becoming the ninth officer this year to commit suicide.

The 56-year-old officer, who worked for the department for more than 20 years, shot himself at his home in Laurelton, Queens, shortly after 6 p.m., police said.

OFF-DUTY NYPD OFFICER DIES OF SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT, BECOMES 8TH CITY COP TO DIE BY SUICIDE THIS YEAR

The officer was rushed to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

His death came just one day after an officer from nearby Yonkers killed himself.

The NYPD said, “We are saddened to announce that the NYPD has suffered another tragedy today with the loss of one of our officers to suicide.” The police department also urged officers to seek help for mental illness or depression.

“To anyone who may be struggling, know that there is support available,” the NYPD tweeted. “Behind each of these resources are people that care about your well-being.”

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer who had been on the job for seven years with the Yonkers Police Department committed suicide at his home. Yonkers is a city of 200,000 residents, in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

Over 47,000 suicides were reported in the U.S. in 2017, or 14 per 100,000 people — the highest rate in at least half a century.

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In 2018, at least 159 officers died by suicide, 9 percent more than the total number of officers killed in the line of duty, according to Blue H.E.L.P., a nonprofit run by active and retired police officers.

New York City had one of the highest rates of officer suicides among major U.S. cities, with 10 officers reported dead as of Jan. 1, 2019.

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NYC sanitation worker used license plates found in trash to avoid $17G in fines, investigators say

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A New York City sanitation worker was arrested Wednesday for allegedly putting license plates he found in the trash on his car to avoid paying more than $17,000 in fines.

Jason Rivera, 45, of Staten Island, incurred the penalties for parking and traffic violations as well as unpaid E-Z Pass tolls, authorities said. He faces a charge of grand larceny, the New York Daily News reported.

A criminal complaint said Rivera found the plates in 2016 and gave them to a friend, who then returned them to Rivera a year later, the city Department of Investigation concluded.

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“These types of crimes undermine the government’s ability to do its job and maintain a standard of safety on the roads,” said DOI Commissioner Magaret Garnett. “These offenses are particularly egregious when committed by a city employee who used his job as a means to commit a crime.”

Prosecutors say that Rivera racked up 72 parking and traffic violations totaling $5,500, as well as $1,793.50 in unpaid tolls and $10,600 in unpaid fees, the New York Post reported.

The plates were not registered to his vehicle, or any vehicle, the paper reported, making it difficult to determine who was responsible for the fines. The department began an inquiry after receiving a complaint from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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An investigator confronted Rivera about the pocketed plates and said he confessed to using them.

“Misusing New York State license plates, ignoring traffic and parking violations and failing to pay tolls are crimes that will result in arrest and prosecution,” Garnett said.

Rivera is expected back in court on Oct. 10.

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Kentucky mother arrested after children found in cockroach-infested home, eating Pop-Tarts for meals: police

A Kentucky mother was arrested last week after police discovered her three young children living in a cockroach-infested home, authorities said.

The mother, Sarah Herald, 27, faces three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and three counts of second-degree criminal abuse, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Police responded to the home in Georgetown – about 70 miles east of Louisville – on Saturday after a neighbor reported seeing three “filthy” children who’d been playing outside unsupervised for a long period of time, an arrest citation said.

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Sarah Herald reportedly told police she’d tried using spray to address the bugs, “but it’s not working, obviously.” (Scott County Detention Center)

An officer saw three stained mattresses full of cockroaches and bedbugs – both dead and alive – outside the home. The officer said a foul odor emanating from the home could be smelled outside, Lexington’s Fox 56 reported.

The children – ages 2, 4, and 5 – were found inside the home “rolling in copious amounts of trash, dirt, discarded food and crawling cockroaches,” the arrest citation said. Police said the children were barefoot and “extremely dirty,” including dirty fingernails and toenails, the Herald-Leader reported.

The officer saw trash, cockroaches, dead insects, and insect feces throughout the hours, the arrest citation said. Bedbugs were also found on the children’s mattress, according to police. In the kitchen, police found a pile of garbage with cockroaches crawling over it, court documents said.

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Herald reportedly told an officer she’d tried used spray for the cockroaches, “but it’s not working, obviously.” She also told police her children were eating Pop-Tarts for meals because the food in the fridge – which police said was moldy and expired – was not safe for them to eat, court documents said.

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Child Protective Services removed the children from the home and placed them with their paternal grandmother, the arrest citation said.

Herald was arrested and placed in the Scott County Detention Center. She was formally arraigned on Tuesday.

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Muslim cleric in Texas ordered to pay woman $2.5M in sexual exploitation lawsuit

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A Dallas-area Muslim cleric was ordered Thursday to pay $2.5 million to a woman he’s accused of sexually exploiting.

District Court Judge Emily Tobolowsky ruled that the cleric, Imam Zia ul-Haq Sheikh, 50, must compensate the woman for mental anguish and other damages, The Dallas Morning News reported. Sheikh had been an imam at the Islamic Center of Irving, one of the biggest mosques in Texas.

In an email to the paper, he said he believed the judgment was in error.

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“Unfortunately, litigation in this country does not always favor the truth,” he said. “In most cases, it boils down to how much financial stamina one has, and whether one has good legal representation.”

Sheikh was accused of sexually exploiting the woman — identified only as Jane Doe — after providing her with mental health services when she turned 18.

“Jane’s emotional dependency as a result of being counseled by defendant from age 13 to age 19 led Jane to be fearful of losing defendant’s support in her life, and therefore created a situation where Jane was unable to refuse defendant’s requests,” the lawsuit said, referring to Sheikh’s alleged requests for sexually explicit photos and videos, and, ultimately, for intercourse.

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When the woman was 19, the pair had sex at a motel, according to the paper. Sheikh gave her a pregnancy test afterward to ensure he wouldn’t lose his job. He later cut off contact with her.

The woman’s attorney, Susan Adams, told the paper in a statement that the judgment “offers justice and hope not only to her but to other survivors of abuse.”

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Fresno cops interrupt music video shoot, arrest 16-year-old over stolen handgun

The recording of a music video in Fresno, Calif. was cut short Tuesday evening after police arrested a teen allegedly armed with a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a group drinking alcohol, flashing gang signs and shooting the video, police said.

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Fresno police on Tuesday obtained a .40 caliber handgun and 12 .40 caliber cartridges during an arrest.  (Fresno Police Department)

A 16-year-old who matched the caller’s description allegedly was carrying a gun magazine loaded with 12 .40-caliber cartridges, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a police spokesman. The teen allegedly told officers he had hidden a handgun inside his pants.

The gun was a Smith & Wesson model SD 40 VE semi-automatic handgun, which police later determined was stolen five years ago in Cathedral City, Fresno’s KSEE-TV reported.

CALIFORNIA GANG MEMBER IN CUSTODY AFTER STABBING, ROBBERY SPREE THAT KILLED 4, WOUNDED 2: POLICE

The teen allegedly told officers he was an active member of the Fresno-based gang “College Street Bulldogs.”

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He was arrested on multiple firearm-related charges and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall, according to the paper. His identity was not released.

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Pennsylvania to become latest state offering gender-neutral IDs

PHILADELPHIA – Last spring, Deter Rose walked into a Philadelphia Driver, and Photo License Center with a “Request for Gender Change” form. Handwritten on the form was a box with the single letter “X” scribbled in under gender.

Rose, a social worker, identifies as a trans-non-binary individual, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them/their” and for years felt uncomfortable choosing between the male and female option on the state ID form.

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Dexter Rose, is a Gender Affirming Services Specialist with the Mazzoni Center. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

“It didn’t feel very affirming to have to draw in the box, and then not know if PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] would honor the form,” said Rose, “the whole process was scary.”

Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expected to change its policy and drivers in the state will have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female, and X.

Rose said the change is a big step forward, and a victory for members of the LGBTQ community.

“This change will give people access, and that’s important,” said Rose.

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According to Alexis Campbell, a spokesperson for PennDOT the change comes in  response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national trends.”

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“PennDOT is glad to offer a license that is inclusive of everybody and can accurately reflect who they are,” said Campbell.

Pennsylvania is part of a growing number of states that are allowing ID holders to choose their gender, or no gender, no matter what their birth certificate says.

Three years ago, no one in the U.S. was legally recognized as neither male or female. Today, seven states and Washington D.C. allow people to change their gender without a doctor’s signature, and 13 states have a policy in place allowing drivers to obtain a gender-neutral marker on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Most recently, New Hampshire passed a law creating a gender-neutral option for driver’s licenses, which will take effect in January. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 10. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation believes it can make the change without action by the General Assembly, said Campbell.

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But there has been pushback by some conservative groups that say the change is impractical and ripe for abuse.

In Pennsylvania, the socially conservative Pennsylvania Family Institute said identification documents are legal documents, which should reflect objective facts, like biological sex. The group also objected to the fact that no documentation would be needed to prove gender identity.

“Proponents of the legislation provide no answers to the many practical questions it raises,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in a statement. “If our state starts discarding biological sex from our identity documents, it will impact law enforcement, insurances, and medical care.”

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Republican lawmakers echoed those concerns.

“It’s an unnecessary change,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County. He said removing a gender marker on IDs could make it more difficult for police to relay identifying information.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland County, said an immediate concern would be whether the change would create problems in complying with the federal REAL ID requirements.

But PennDOT officials assured drivers this is a change that is long overdue.

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A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released in 2016, which included 28,000 transgender respondents, found 69 percent of Pennsylvanians in the survey said their IDs listed a gender that did not reflect their gender identity.

Of the Pennsylvanians who participated in the survey, 30 percent said they’d been verbally harassed, denied service or assaulted after they provided an ID that did not reflect the gender with which they identified.

“Everyone deserves to have something in their pocket that accurately shows who they are,” said Campbell.

Rose agreed.

“It feels good to have identification the reflects who really am,” Rose said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, by spring 2020, motorist in the state who don’t want to disclose their gender will be able to place an “X” on their driver’s licenses instead of identifying themselves as male or female.

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‘Orgy Island’ to airplanes, Epstein’s assets are up for grabs

While many questions remain about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s worth – how he made his money, and what happens to his assets with his death – details are emerging about his assets, and where the alleged underage sex-trafficking operation took place.

Epstein, 66, died early Saturday in what officials have called an apparent suicide. Foremost among the assets he’s left behind are two private islands in the Caribbean.

The first is the 75-acre Little St. James, which Epstein bought 21 years ago for just under $8 million. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and comprising five buildings and some 70 employees, Epstein gave the periphery of the stone home its own facelift after moving in – razing the natural greenery and installing palm trees that sway in the breeze alongside two American flags.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP, File)

On Tuesday, the quiet property – lawyers list it as now worth $63.8 million – could be glimpsed in drone video footage showing the FBI and NYPD raiding the home and seizing computers.

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According to permit records obtained by NBC News, while his high-powered lawyers in Florida were at work on a plea deal over charges around a decade ago, Epstein was seeking to have the interiors embellished with the likes of a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.

In 2016 – some eight years after he entered into the sweetheart plea deal with limited jail time and registered as a sex offender – Epstein upgraded with a second island, this one adding 165 acres at a cost of $18 million. Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources late last year for illegal construction, per the New York Post, work went on throughout this year.

Think amphitheaters and underwater offices, along with an odd blue-and-white-striped temple with a golden dome. Some reports asserted it was a music studio, while others allude to more sinister intent. Its value: $22.5 million.

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Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (REUTERS/Marco Bello, File)

While Epstein is said to have referred to his parcels of paradise as extensions of his own identity – “Little St. Jeff’ and “Big St. Jeff” – the islands have in recent years been tagged with less-flattering and more ominous Internet monikers: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island” and “Island of Sin,” to name a few.

But his property portfolio extended far beyond his personal parcels in the sea.

The financier also owned a luxe Beaux Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – worth $56 million – and a 10,000-acre property in New Mexico he dubbed the “Zorro Ranch,” previously owned by former Gov. Bruce King, with its own airport hangar, a stunning 27,000 square-foot pink-hued mansion and a price tag of $17.2 million.

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Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Stanley, N.M. (REUTERS/Drone Base, File)

In addition, there’s the El Brillo Way abode in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly brimming with massage tables, nude photographs and an assortment of toys valued at $12.4 million. Then, too, there’s the Avenue Foch, Paris, apartment in he shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, listed at $8.7 million.

Epstein had been returning from his Parisian digs to New York when the FBI arrested him on July 6 at a New Jersey airport, charging him wth the sex trafficking of minors.

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On court documents, Epstein listed his official residence as the Virgin Islands – possibly to avoid routine check-ins with officials in New York and Florida, given his status as a registered sex offender, as established by his 2008 plea deal. A year earlier, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He subsequently spent just over a year behind bars, with provisions to leave for work, and avoided federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Manhattan, seen last month. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, File)

Court filings from his lawyers showed that the convicted sex offender – often dubbed a billionaire – listed assets to the tune of little more than half that. In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties.

There was no mention on the court documents of two Gulfstream jets he was said to have owned, or of the 200-seat Boeing 727-200, which earned the nickname “Lolita Express” – in reference to the famed Vladimir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged professor who seduces and sexually assaults a 12-year-old girl.

What fate awaits the Epstein empire of things?

While federal prosecutors had endeavored to seize the assets after his arrest as part of the criminal probe, that’s now over; the criminal proceeding cannot be leveled against the deceased.

“The federal government can’t likely take anything from him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime and can’t be tried now that he’s dead. He enjoys the presumption of innocence forever because he can’t defend himself in a criminal trial,” criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “He is most certainly, however, subject to civil actions aimed squarely at slicing up the assets in his estate.”

Indeed, the civil suits will now look to Epstein’s estate. Already, a decade ago, more than a dozen women reached undisclosed settlements against him in Florida.

But the renewed endeavor to claim his riches is likely to be fraught with complications and could drag on for many years, legal experts have said. It remained unclear whether he left a will, and the only known relatives of Epstein – who never married and had no known children – were his New York-based brother, Mark, a niece and a nephew.

“The personal representative and/or executor is in a tricky position in light of the various creditors and plaintiffs who have a financial interest in the estate. The individual handling the estate could face personal liability if he/she doesn’t manage the estate properly,” explained Doug Richards, of the Denver-based law firm Richards Carrington.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s waterfront Palm Beach home at the end of an ungated, palm tree-lined street. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

Several legal experts also underscored that the estate could run into monetary woes of its own; depending on how the civil litigation plays out.

“Depending on the outcome, the plaintiffs will have legal rights to portions of the estate,” California attorney Arash Hashemi speculated. “It is always a possibility … they would have to pay off debts and taxes first.”

Moreover, given Epstein’s global presence, it’s not yet clear how many others good he possessed that haven’t yet been documented.

“Usually high-net-worth individuals, like Epstein, have complicated estate plans to avoid things like probable and estate taxes and gift taxes,” Slaten explained. “The administrators of the Epstein estate are now on notice that there are likely many civil suits pending, so it will be interesting to see if they feel they are obligated to not dispose of assets pursuant to the terms of the trust (assuming there is one) until ordered by a court.”

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It’s the only justice they can get. And they deserve it,” Lisa Bloom, the high-profile attorney who is representing a number of Epstein accusers, tweeted this week. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

There’s also a website that surfaced this week – EpsteinHeirs.com

“If you believe you may have given birth to a child fathered by the late JEFFREY EPSTEIN who recently committed suicide, or that he may have been your biological father, please contact us immediately, without delay!!” a notice on the site read.

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Operated by Morse Genealogical Services, the firm claimed to be using court-qualified experts and appointed investigators to “locate missing heirs and persons” – and it came as little surprise to legal experts.

“It’s really a race to the courthouse at this point. Whoever gets a judgment first will be first in line to take from the assets. (But) the most equitable way to divide the estate is on a pro-rata basis depending on the size of any civil awards,” Slaten added. “And there are likely to be many, many civil actions. Some will be meritorious and some will not.

“I have faith in the judicial system to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

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Connecticut kids provide police with sketches of ‘bad guy’ suspect in car crash: ‘I don’t know how to drive’

A man who fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Connecticut on Tuesday may not be on the lam for long after police were lucky enough to find a trio of witnesses who gave authorities detailed drawings of what they saw…and they used crayons.

Investigators responded to the scene of a crash on Berlin Turnpike involving a motorcycle and another vehicle only to discover that the man who’d been riding the bike had jumped a guardrail and taken off into the woods as cops approached, according to the Berlin Police Department.

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The suspect involved in the crash appeared to look like this, according to one of the witnesses at the scene. (Berlin Police Department)

Officers were unable to locate the suspect — but three (young) witnesses swiftly stepped in to give the long arm of the law a hand, offering up their “artistic interpretations” of what they saw after the collision, the police said.

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In one of several detailed drawings published by police on Facebook on Wednesday, the motorcycle rider is labeled as a “bad guy.” The artist helpfully notes — using words and directional arrows — where the man’s “hands,” “shorts,” “shoes,” “hat,” and “shorts” are, in addition to the presence of “blood” covering what appears to be half of his face.

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After the crash, police said the suspect fled the scene over a guardrail and into the woods. (Berlin Police Department)

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Police thanked Myla, Joyce and Julian for providing police with suspect drawings. (Berlin Police Department)

Another sketch shows the man, pictured next to what appears to be a motorcycle, with his face half-covered in “blood,” with the red substance getting the drawing’s only label. The sketch also includes the caption: “I don’t know how to drive.”

On the original piece of art, that phrase is not in quotation marks, so it wasn’t immediately clear if the words were a direct quote, a paraphrase or just an observation about the man’s skills on the road.

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The sketches, intended to help police, were drawn by Myla, Joyce and Julian — whom police thank “for their investigative assistance.” Cops didn’t further identify the budding sketch artists.

Police encourage anyone who might recognize the suspect in the drawings to contact the department at 860-828-7082. The blood covering half of his face may be a giveaway as to his identity.

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