The NYPD cruiser that fatally slammed into a Bronx woman was traveling 60 mph — twice as fast as cops first claimed, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea admitted Wednesday.
Sophia Gomez, 20, of Pelham Parkway, was struck the afternoon of Oct. 5 near the intersection of Pelham Parkway South and Wallace Avenue and succumbed to her injuries three days later at Jacobi Hospital.
The officers in the NYPD Highway vehicle were responding to calls for assistance from a fellow officer, possibly on the Throgs Neck Bridge, Shea said in a NY1 interview Wednesday morning.
“Last week we had preliminary information — we know a little more about it now as we review in-car camera systems,” the top cop said. “We believe the car was going probably closer to 60 miles an hour.”
“The earlier indications were 30 to 40 miles an hour, but when you actually get into the car itself, you can accelerate or decelerate in a short period of time pretty rapidly,” he added. “And we believe at the exact point of impact, the car was passing cars stopped for a red light in that intersection where the terrible incident occurs.”
A video from the scene shows the car flying down Pelham Parkway before the driver seems to lose control trying to swerve and avoid Gomez.
The officers involved in the crash are “not on patrol,” pending the results of a police investigation, Shea said.
“Our entire NYPD goes out to the family of this poor woman,” the commissioner said. “It’s just a terrible, terrible incident.”
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