By Kevin Deutsch
The office of state Attorney General Leticia James will probe the killing of a 20-year-old Bronx woman by a police officer who struck her with an NYPD patrol car, authorities said.
Sophia Gomez, who lived on Pelham Parkway, was struck near her residence about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and died Thursday night at Jacobi Hospital, according to police.
The crash happened as the department highway cruiser – its lights and sirens activated – responded to a call for officer assistance on the Throgs Neck Bridge, striking Gomez on its way to the scene, authorities said.
James’s Investigations and Prosecutions Unit will investigate the crash to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
Her office is vested with broad authority to investigate and prosecute all incidents in which police kill unarmed civilians in New York, including vehicular homicides.
Eric Klein contributed reporting.