INVESTIGATION – At 10:12 a.m. on March 15, police officers responded to 47th Road and Center Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered that an Asian woman, identified as Judy Soo Hoo, 51, of Long Island City, was pulled out of the water by FDNY personnel. EMS also responded and pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
There were no visible signs of trauma on the body, which was fully clothed.
COLLISION INVESTIGATION – At 12:20 a.m. on March 19, police responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident on the eastbound upper level of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.
Upon arrival, officers observed the operator of the first vehicle, a 2009 Ford Escape medallion taxi, unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. EMS also responded to the location and transported the vehicle operator, identified as Vadro Kone, 50, of the Bronx, to Mt. Sinai Hospital Queens, where he was pronounced dead.
Further investigation revealed that the first vehicle and a second vehicle, a 2008 Lincoln Town Car, were both travelling eastbound on the upper level of the bridge and were on the ramp heading towards Jackson Avenue/Northern Boulevard. The first vehicle was in the right lane, the second in the left.
At this point, it is suspected Kone suffered a health condition, rendering him incapacitated. The vehicle struck the wall area of the ramp before striking the second vehicle towards the bottom of the ramp. The operator of the second vehicle, along with the passenger in the first vehicle were both removed via EMS to Elmhurst Hospital, where they were listed in stable condition.