FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2008
STATEMENTS BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY ON THE DEATH OF NYPD TRAFFIC AGENT DONNETTE SANZ
Statement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:
"Earlier this evening while I was attending the wake of Nelson Diaz, a sanitation worker who died on the job from a heart attack, I learned of more terribly sad news. Another member of our uniformed services, Donnette Sanz, was struck by a van at 2 P.M. while on duty in the Bronx. This accident was all the more tragic because Officer Sanz, a 33-year-old traffic agent with the NYPD, was seven months pregnant. She was brought to St. Barnabas Hospital, where doctors were able to save the life of her baby.
"I met Officer Sanz's husband Rafael, at the hospital. On behalf of the City, I expressed my deepest condolences to him, Donnette's family and friends, and all of her colleagues. It's unfortunate that it can take a tragedy like this to remind everyone of the service our traffic agents perform every single day. We should all go to bed tonight and say a prayer for all 2,500 of the NYPD's traffic agents - and especially for Officer Sanz and her family. It is a terrible poignancy that Donnette's son's birthday will now coincide with the day his mother died. I hope that as this child grows up, he comes to understand that his mother gave her life in service to our city, and that we are forever grateful."
Statement from Raymond W. Kelly:
"NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agent Donnette Sanz died tragically today, after being struck by a vehicle and then giving birth. Our condolences are with her family and friends and our prayers are with her newborn boy. Traffic Enforcement Agents are among the most important and least appreciated public servants. Like her fellow TEAs, Sanz braved the elements and the often dangerous streets every day to keep others safe. The Police Department mourns her passing and honors her service."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958
Paul Browne (Police Department)