Philadelphia Police Department Pa
End of Watch: Friday, September 5, 2008
Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: 6341
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Friday, September 5, 2008
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Police Officer Isabel Nazario was killed when her patrol car was struck by a large sports utility vehicle being operated by an intoxicated male.
Officer Nazario was on patrol when she and her partner learned of a vehicle pursuit in progress. Officers were pursing a Cadillac Escalade being operated by an intoxicated, unlicensed 16-year-old. As Officer Nazario and her partner headed south on 39th Street , the Escalade, traveling east on Wallace Street, broadsided their cruiser near the passenger door. Officer Nazario was killed instantly. Her partner was critically injured in the collision. Both Officers were removed from the patrol car with the jaws of life.
The driver of the Escalade was captured after a foot chase by other responding officers.
Police Officer Nazario had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Narcotics Strike Force and detailed to the 16th Police District in West Philadelphia. She is survived by her daughter, fiancee, mother, and a sister.