In December, a 34-year-old woman died while in the custody of the NYPD on Staten Island after she was revived from what authorities said was an overdose. On Wednesday, spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office, Julie Bolcer, ruled it an accidental overdose.
The death occurred on December 8th. The victim, Nicole Garbellotto, died from an overdose of a designer drug, the pain killer fentanyl, alprazolam (generic brand of Xanax) and heroin, says authorities.
Nicole Garbellotto was found on December 7th by police, passed out behind the wheel at the toll plaza of the Verrazano Bridge. She was revived by FDNY medics with a shot of naloxone, an anti-overdose drug. She was then taken to Staten Island University North Hospital.
She was released into NYPD custody the, and was found unconscious inside her cell at the 120th Precinct stationhouse in St. George the next day.
It’s unclear how long she was in the stationhouse.
She died at Richmond University Medical Center around noon Dec. 8.