Patrolman Joseph Pignataro succumbed to injuries sustained in an automobile accident 11 months earlier while on patrol. Another vehicle struck his patrol car head-on. Patrolman Pignataro suffered severe head injuries in the accident and died as a result.
Patrolman Pignataro had served with the New York City Police Department for seven years and was assigned to the 46th Precinct. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and twin sons.