NYC Woman Dies In Second Fatal Accident On Palisades Parkway In 3 Days

Crash in Nanuet early today follows deadly incident in New City on Friday.

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.

stephany June 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
My previous post directed at Clarkstown life not JT
Clarkstown life June 04, 2012 at 03:27 PM
theories are valid after a careful analysis of fact.....of which you have NONE...i will continue to post comments wherever i see fit.....
JC Brotherhood June 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I may be slow but I'm in front of you!
william hart June 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
The comments about staying right are 'spot on.' When a driver in the left lane drives below the appropriate pace, traffic not only backs up and forces drivers behind to tighten their distance, but stimulates lot's of right lane passing and aggressive behavior. Disclaimer: this has nothing to do with the cause of this tragic accident, and I am not speculating on that, but commenting on the more general observations concerning road behavior. The Palisades is an old fashioned parkway, but there is not enough money in the world to fix every road that presents a risk. And, as I mentioned earlier, modern cars, even economy cars, are capable of far greater speeds with no real sensation of speed. I have driven the Palisades in a 20's era vehicle and it is a totally different experience.
Ken McQuade June 04, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Melissa, You made a lot of goods points. You shouldnt drive with your emergency blinkers on because of a dangerous situation. I am not a cop but I believe that to be a violation. The 4-way blinkers are only to be used when you are at stop in the lane of traffic or on the shoulder.
Kim Tran (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hi JC Brotherhood, Would you be interested in submitting a similar letter to the editor to Patch? You can email it to me at Kim@patch.com
nyackagain June 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I'm sorry, your call to 911 was NOT warranted...read INTHEKNOW explanation below.
stephany June 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
and what exactly are the facts others who posted theories are privy to that i am not. what did they analyze to to free themselves from your wrath, the girl hits the rail is ejected and dies. the SP are looking for a witness that maybe saw it and possibly saw another car hit her forcing her into the rail. My theory stands, she was dozing or not paying attention most likely with no seat belt and she paid the price, Thank god she did not kill anyone if it was her fault and I am not saying it is Maybe she had a tire blow out or someone hit her would not mind seeing her phone records to rule out texting or even talking, but I doubt that will be made public police receive special driver training and should be the last one,barring mechanical failure, to get into an accident and why no comment from you on John Taggart who agrees with me re: shift work and dozing What don't you get about my theory or is it just because it is my theory and nothing else matters I think it is obvious what your intentions are.
Clarkstown life June 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
throw something else against a wall and see what sticks......
Gregg June 04, 2012 at 09:08 PM
DWI no doubt
John Taggart June 04, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I figure dozing to, My dad was a cop, its hard to work a late shift and try to have a normal family life. On electronics, I was following a girl on 304 who was bent over, weaving all over and going very slow. When I got close I saw she was trying to read the electronic map mounted to the dash, the garvin or whatever and thats legal. I'm sticking with seatbelt here thats my opinion on this comment thread
Sick-n-Tired June 04, 2012 at 11:44 PM
You really didn't call 911 to ask why traffic was backed up did you?
stephany June 05, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Did anybody else notice that there is no job description for the guy that drove into the O&R truck. It somehow seems necessary here. same author too. posted at 9:07 pm June 4
JC Brotherhood June 05, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I'm an F/X guy and part of my job description is setting up cars for stunts. During my career I have undoubtedly wrecked more cars than most people will own in their lifetime. Excepting maybe Jay Leno. Heres a little physics lesson we can all live with. F=MV squared where F is the force M is mass and V is velocity. Its the squared part you should pay attention to. Mr. Hart is exactly correct in his assertion about coddling. Add to that all the ads for cars which show them driving fast and doing stunts that most people could not and should not attempt given the roads we have and the overcrowding on those roads. The thing that occurred to me reading the article was the Van hit the truck from behind and the truck was moving? To have that sort of damage to the van indicates to me a speed approaching if not in excess of 100MPH which on a road originally designed what 40 maybe 50 is truly insane and once again supports Darwin's theory on natural selection.
stephany June 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
but JC don't you have to know the speed of the O&R truck to make any calculation at all. What numbers would you plug into the equation. the ones the O&R guys give you My experience is they do not speed and mostly do not even do the speed limit. they get paid by the hr. and driving the parkway is easy work.To reach the same damage the car that hit them would not have to be going as fast--if they weren't.
stephany June 05, 2012 at 05:47 PM
how many cars drive it and how many accidents are there. driver error is more likely than bad road or there would be more accidents.who does 50 there or anywhere and can prove it. this woman had special high speed driver training if I am not mistaken. or don't they get it in NYC. If she got the training it seems odd that all those who didn't did not get into a accident but she did. might mean something mechanical like tire blowout , but might just be speeding since there is no ticket to worry about. Where was she going,home?] and what was her schedule at work for the next day if she was even scheduled. doing 80-90 and you hit a bump,over compensate during a lane change, or swerve for a deer and you are in deep do do CL tic toc tic toc
JC Brotherhood June 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@Stephany: Consider the tour bus on I95 that crashed and killed 15 people. It was on its side, decelerating from an estimated 78 mph and the stationary light pole cut halfway through the reinforced roof. The faster the O&R truck was going the faster the Van had to be going, its that simple really. Even if the truck was only going 25 mph the van had to be going close to 100 to shear the side off. Been there done that got the tee shirt.
give June 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM
why is it necessary? your job descripition should have no bearing on the FACTS and contributing factors to an accident. Even people that are trained in high speed driving have accidents. Even race car drivers. perhaps you should post your job descpition, so we know if you are qualified to make comments on this topic.
stephany June 06, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I did my job by registering. That is all the qualification I need, and you are making my point. thanks My exact words were "It somehow seems necessary HERE"being this article where a NYC police officer got killed NOT THERE being where where the guy ran into the O&R truck where his job was never mentioned. If neither job had anything to do with either accident why include it for either one. The patch seems to think this woman is somehow more important than the other guy she is not and if you don't believe me ask his survivors. Personally i don't care what his job was because it don't matter. So WHY was it included here Let me rephrase the question Why is it ever important to know what someone does for a living when they are involved in an accident that had nothing to do with the accident. period. of course i am not including you local parish priest, rabbi, minister high political officials, and other positions that may actually affect me one way or the other. save it for the obituary unless I need to know it and I did not need to know she was a NYC PO
Clarkstown life June 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
wow....your anger at law enforcement is palpable. as you are painfully not aware, police officers (as well as a priest, rabbi, high political office holder) are held to a different (higher) standard in everything they do on or OFF the jobs they hold.....that is more than likely why the job title was included in the story......
stephany June 07, 2012 at 04:32 AM
jeeze that took more than an hour for you to find my post. you are slacking off.give me your email and I will notify you right away so you don't have to spend so much time in my profile. I noticed you felt you had to clarify the standard was higher and not lower like most people think with respect to police and poliyicians anyway.I think you are trying to convince yourself. how sad. and where is all this hatred you are mumbling about please quote anything i ever said that indicated hatred of anyone or shut your mouth. I am not interested in you biased view of my comments..just the actual quotes
Clarkstown life June 07, 2012 at 06:00 AM
You are one sad individual
nyackagain June 07, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Clarkstown life...well said. She sits at the computer waiting for a posting about Law Enforcement so can jump at the chance to say something negative.
stephany June 07, 2012 at 03:58 PM
"and where is all this hatred you are mumbling about please quote anything i ever said that indicated hatred of anyone" tic toc tic toc
jb June 11, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Apparently drivers do not know how to drive slowly on that road. They routinely and daily flout the speed limit of 50 and 55 mph (depending on which stretch of road you are on.) I pity the animals who are constantly being killed by speeding drivers. Disgusting behavior by Americans. We should all be ashamed of ourselves for being greedy, speedy, self-involved, and ignorant of the wildlife and beauty around us.
jb June 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
JC Brotherhood June 11, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@ Ken, Actually flashers are required on highways when you are driving under 40MPH. At least thats what it said on my CDL test.
KEVIN June 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The guy who crashed into the rear of the O&R truck was a dee-jay at LACE in West Nyack. Now that had to be a great job.....RIP.
George Aaron Burr Hilbert June 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Jimmy is so right. I have hit three deer in NY, all causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage. Two of the deer were tapped lightly enough that they ran away. The other ran at full speed into the side of my car, bounced back and was run over by a car going the opposite direction. All unnecessary because hunting pressure would drive them out of the neighborhoods and away from human habitation. They like to hang around houses to eat garden vegetables and landscaping shrubs, especially in the winter. Along highways, they are especially dangerous because they can and do cause deaths, about 100 per year. This does not include injuries.
Neal Agovino August 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I received a summons on the Palisades Parkway for...ready for this? Driving too close! Driving too close? Did you ever leave space between you and the car in front of you, only to have it immediately filled by some moron who beleives your lane is moving faster? When I explained this to the Parkway Police Judge he didn't dismiss my summons, but reduced it to some BS violation and I paid a nominal fine. Point being...the average speed in RUSH HOUR is 70mph+!!! Can you beleive that? Did you ever see 7 car lengths between these cars? NEVER!!! The police presence above exit 4 is virtually non-existent. Parkway Police love the stretches between GWB and exit 3 and rarely venture beyond that. State Police are a joke....they'll stage at the bottom of hills...give me a break! Or should I say brake! Texting, cell phones, agressive drivers, 80+ speeders. I see them each and every day...why don't the police? Palisades is blood alley and the police are too absent to make any impact on reducing fatal impact! Patrol in an unmarked vehicle and zero in on the agressive drivers and the prima donnas that beleive cell phone laws don't apply to them.


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