Off-duty NYPD officer Kimberly Lajara died in a fiery one-vehicle collision early Sunday morning, Aug. 11, in Manhattan.
Lajara, 24, was driving her 2016 Mercedes Benz along the Henry Hudson Parkway when she lost control and then slammed into a tree at around 3:45 a.m. The vehicle burst into flames.
The intense blaze left the bodies of the young officer and her 32-year-old passenger, Oscar Monegro, so badly burned, they were “unrecognizable,” according to the NYPD.
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Lajara was assigned to the 121st Precinct on Staten Island.
“Rest In Peace Police Officer Lajara,” the precinct’s commanding officer, Capt. Bruce Ceparano, tweeted on Sunday. “You will be missed by your entire 121 Precinct Family.”
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“We’re mourning the loss of one of New York’s Finest today,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. “We lost an NYPD Officer today after a terrible car crash early this morning. We send our deepest condolences to their family, friends, and brothers and sisters in the NYPD.”