113th Pct.: Fatal Collision Arrest

At 12:25 a.m. on July 27, police responded to a 911 call for a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle at the intersection of Farmers Boulevard and 109th Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers discovered Pastor De La Cruz, 45, of Corona, with severe trauma to the body. EMS responded and pronounced Cruz dead at the scene.

A preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad determined that Cruz, driving a 2004 Suzuki GSXR 750 motorcycle, was traveling eastbound on Liberty Avenue as it becomes 109th Avenue, lost control and struck a 2000 black Jaguar operated by a 57-year-old male as he was stopped at a red light heading northbound on Farmers Boulevard. Cruz slid on the pavement and came to rest against a 2009 Nissan Frontier operated by a 59-year-old female also stopped at the red light behind the Jaguar. Both drivers remained on the scene.

The driver of the Nissan Frontier, Pauline Shepherd, was taken into custody and charged with DWI 1st Offense. The investigation is ongoing.