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Off-duty NYPD cop dies in Queens crash

An off-duty NYPD officer and mother of two

An off-duty NYPD officer and mother of two was killed when the car she was driving hit a concrete barrier on the Ed Koch Bridge and smashed into a vacant store, officials said. (Dec. 10, 2013) Credit: Peter Gerber

An off-duty NYPD officer and mother of two was killed early Tuesday when the car she was driving hit a concrete barrier on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and smashed into a vacant store, officials said.

Law enforcement officials identified the victim as Elisa Toro, 36, of the Bronx, a 10-year veteran assigned to the 17th Precinct on the East Side of Manhattan.

According to investigators, Toro's silver 2004 Ford Focus was eastbound on the bridge about 1:52 a.m. when the driver's side of the vehicle struck a guardrail near the Queens exit and then hit a concrete barrier on the passenger side. The impact caused the car to turn onto its passenger side and smash into a vacant store at 25-06 Queens Plaza South, said police.

Toro was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. No other injuries were reported.

"It is certainly a particular tragedy for our department," said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Kelly said the concrete barrier had been installed because of previous accidents at that part of the bridge, two of which involved fatalities.

Officials said Toro's sons were 13 and 17 years old. Her family couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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