The Palisades Interstate Parkway southbound in Nanuet was shut for much of the overnight hours this morning because of a fatal one-car accident.
A New York City woman, who was a New York City police officer, was killed in this second fatal accident on the parkway in Rockland County in three days, following an early-morning incident in New City on Friday.
This morning's accident took place just before 1 a.m. near the Exit 8 interchange of the parkway. State Police based at the Haverstraw barracks said Esther Sanzo, 37, of Manhattan, was killed in the crash.
Sanzo was driving a black, 2008 Ford SUV southbound on the parkway when at about 12:45 a.m. she struck the guard rail in the center median. Sanzo was thrown from the SUV and landed on the pavement while the SUV continued going forward until it struck the Route 59 overpass and came to a halt.
State Police are seeking any witnesses who may have seen the accident. Police ask that anyone with information call Investigator Brendan J. Tumulty Jr. at 845-364-0200.
The investigation into the accident is continuing.
On Friday, a Pomona man was killed when his car slammed into the rear of an Orange and Rockland Utilities truck that was heading northbound just past Exit 11 in New City. The O&R workers were not injured in that incident.
Police said excessive speed appeared to be a factor in Friday's fatality.