2005-04-07 / Top Stories

Probe Whether Woman Died Last Week As Result Of November Crash

By Charles Rogers

Probe Whether Woman Died Last Week As Result Of November CrashBy Charles Rogers

Police are investigating the case of a 54-year-old woman who sustained a broken leg in an auto accident in Canarsie last November and died last week.

A report filed with the 69th Precinct Detective Squad this week indicates that Judy Sacco of East 103rd Street suffered the broken leg in an accident on November 4, 2004 when her car was involved in an accident with two others at the corner of East 103rd Street and Flatlands Avenue. She was subsequently taken to Brookdale Hospital by Emergency Medical Service paramedics, treated and released.

Detectives said Sacco was readmitted to Brookdale on January 4, 2005 because of "complications related to the same injury," according to the report, which goes on to say Sacco's leg became infected and she died on March 30, 2005.

At the time of the accident, Sacco was interviewed by police and told them she was traveling west on Flatlands Avenue in her 1989 Chevrolet when another vehicle, a 1991 Chevrolet Suburban heading east, suddenly crossed the median and smashed her car head-on. Her car then hit a 1996 Lincoln, also heading west. The driver of the car that jumped the median said he was blinded by the lights from a truck traveling west and lost control of his car. The driver of the Lincoln was also taken to the hospital.

A spokesperson for Brookdale Hospital, Ruth Richman, told the Canarsie Courier that the City Medical Examiner has not yet released information on the cause of Sacco's death or whether it had anything to do with the leg injury incurred in November. Police from the NYPD Accident Investigation Squad are currently handling the case.

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