Cop Who Ran Over Bronx Woman was Going Twice the Speed Limit: NYPD

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

The NYPD patrol vehicle that fatally struck a 30-year-old Bronx woman Oct. 5 was speeding down Pelham Parkway at nearly 60 miles per hour when the crash happened, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday.

“We believe the car was probably going closer to 60 miles per hour at the time of impact,” Shea told NY1. “It’s just — it’s a terrible, terrible incident.”

The crash happened as the department highway cruiser – its lights and sirens activated – responded to a call for officer assistance, striking local resident Sophia Gomez while traveling at roughly twice the 30 mile-per-hour speed limit, authorities said.

The office of state Attorney General Leticia James is probing the vehicular homicide. Her Investigations and Prosecutions Unit will determine whether criminal charges are warranted.

James’ office is vested with broad authority to investigate and prosecute all incidents in which police kill unarmed civilians in New York, including vehicular homicides.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.