NEW YORK – The New York State Attorney General announced Sunday that she would investigate the death of the Hispanic woman who died after being run over by an NYPD patrol in the Bronx.
Through a statement, Letitia James, the attorney general of the state of New York, announced on Sunday that the Investigations and Special Processes Unit opened an investigation into the death of Sofía Gómez.
Sofía Gómez Aguilón, 20, died Thursday two months after arriving in the United States in hopes of seeking a better life in the Bronx, after leaving her native Guatemala.
“She was a calm, hard-working girl, she came to fight here,” María Gómez, the victim’s sister, told Telemundo 47.
The officer leading the patrol car that struck the woman at the intersection of Pelham Parkway and Wallace Avenue in the Bronx, was currently rushing toward the Throgs Neck Bridge in response to an emergency call.
“She was working at a bakery in White Plains about two months ago,” Gomez’s cousin said.
At the time of the incident, the patrol car was in a road unit and had its lights and sirens turned on when it ran a red traffic light and ran over the 20-year-old girl, who was crossing the street. This, according to the police and surveillance video showing the moment of impact.
Her cousin says that Gomez, who is from a small town outside of San Marcos in southwestern Guatemala, may not have been able to discern the sound of sirens when the police car that hit her was going to help other officers. they needed help.
A senior law enforcement official told our sister network, NBC New York, that the patrol was responding to a call about a driver in a black Mercedes who refused to stop. When the driver finally stopped on the bridge, the passenger yelled “shoot me,” which was heard on the police radio.
The police investigation into the accident is ongoing.