The officer who ran over the young Guatemalan Sofía Gómez to death as she crossed a crosswalk a short distance from her home in The Bronx was traveling at more than 60 miles per hour when she lost control of the vehicle, Commissioner Dermot Shea reported Wednesday.
At the beginning of the investigation, law enforcement agencies reported that the officer was traveling at 30 or 40 miles per hour when he crashed into Gómez on October 5, but later discovered that he was speeding after checking the camera system of the patrol, Shea said.
The NYPD patrol speed record can also be controlled remotely from a satellite connection connected to police headquarters. Shea reported that the officer involved in the accident was removed from his post.
Gomez, 20, was walking home from work around 3:25 p.m. when the patrol, responding to an officer’s call for help, crashed into her at a crosswalk on Pelham Parkway South on Wallace Avenue in the Allerton neighborhood.
The young woman was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where she died shortly after.
“The light was red for the patrol and green (for Gomez), but (the accident occurred in) a situation where the officers were responding to a call for help,” Shea said.
The officer who struck the young woman was on his way to help a colleague trying to arrest Joshua Silvers, accused of speeding 75 miles per hour on the Clearview Expressway near Northern Blvd. in Queens, authorities said.
Silvers, 23, reportedly resisted arrest and tried to escape in his black Mercedes Benz over the Throgs Neck Bridge into the Bronx, police said.
The officer who struck Gomez was about seven miles from the bridge when the accident occurred, police said.
The family revealed that the twenty-year-old was barely two months after arriving in the Big Apple in search of a better life.
Police continue to investigate the accident.