UPDATE (6:22 p.m.): A reader sent us a message saying a highway cop fell off his motorcycle and is okay. We have not yet confirmed this. This is within the 68th Precinct.
We just received a call that an NYPD officer is laying face down on the Belt Parkwayand appears to be dead
. The incident is at the 65th Street entrance ramp for the eastbound side of the Belt Parkway. The officer is laying in the right lane, near where the entrance ramp merges with the highway. He has a light blue helmet leading witnesses to speculate that he is a motorcycle or scooter cop, but no such vehicle was in sight. Two DOT trucks are stopped right before him, either to block traffic or because they were involved in the accident (it is unknown). The area is now “swarming” with police, according to our witness, with many vehicles blocking off the left lane of the westbound side and hopping the barrier to get to the other side. The Belt Parkway is at a stand still.
We’ll update this story as we receive more information.