Jazz Singer Daniela D’Ercole Killed Crossing Broadway Last Week

Singer Daniela D'Ercole was struck by a car on the Upper West Side last Thursday and pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital. Photo: ##http://www.dnainfo.com/20111111/upper-west-side/woman-struck-killed-by-suv-on-broadway##DNAinfo/David Torres##

Last Thursday night, Daniela D’Ercole was struck and killed by the driver of a Mercury SUV while she crossed the street on the Upper West Side, multiple outlets reported over the weekend.

The 32-year-old jazz singer, who had moved to New York City from Italy last September, was reportedly hit after exiting a taxi at Broadway and 106th Street. According to the NYPD, she was crossing Broadway westbound against the light when the motorist, heading northbound, hit her.

The SUV driver stayed at the scene of the crash and police said that no criminality was suspected.

A video of the crash cited by the New York Post reportedly shows the collision sending D’Ercole flying across multiple lanes of traffic, suggesting that evidence is available to judge the driver’s speed at the time. When asked whether the driver might have been speeding, an NYPD press officer repeated that there was no criminality suspected and said he did not have any information about video evidence.

If you have any information on what happened here, please leave it in the comments or send us an e-mail.

If you would like to discuss the case and traffic safety in the neighborhood with local police, the next meeting of the 24th Precinct community council is this Wednesday, the 16th, at 7:00 p.m.

  • fj

    frequenting public space should not be an extreme sport.  the streets are way too dangerous where a simple mistake can kill instantly. 

  • Pedestrian

    One hundred citizens should show up to that 24th Precinct Community Council meeting and demand answers and justice. 

  • fj

    the injustice is systemic; the foundation of an establishment run by the fossil fuel industry

  • Ah, I’m so sorry for him. He was a really good jazz singer. :'(
    By the way, do you use mp4 to mp3?

  • PGB

    My heart goes out to her loved ones. I once lived in that neighborhood. She was exiting a cab and crossing against the light. Very dangerous circumstances.

  • Anonymous

    Still don’t understand why we can’t access that car’s computer to track its speed.  Speeding should be a criminal offense.

  • Redbaron

    Is anything being done to make the intersection at 106th and Broadway safer?  I live on that corner and have witnessed many accidents.

  • I still cannot believe it happened to her, I really loved and appreciated her… and the sad thing is that the same can happen to anyone, so I think stricter rules for drivers should be enforced.


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