Driver who crashed his car in Queens after apparent drug overdose dies in precinct holding cell hours later: cops


A driver who crashed his car in Queens after an apparent drug overdose died in a precinct holding cell hours after cops took him into custody, authorities said.
Nicholas Cammarata, 58, was driving through Ozone Park about 2 p.m. Thursday when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Blazer and crashed near the corner of Cross Bay and Linden Blvds., about two miles away from his home, police said.
When first responders arrived, Cammarata was unconscious in the driver’s seat from an apparent drug overdose, police said. Medics revived him with Narcan and took him to Jamaica Hospital.
After a check-up at the hospital, cops took Cammarata into custody around 7 p.m., charged him with driving under the influence of drugs and brought him to the 106th Precinct station house, cops said.
Around 9:30 p.m., more than seven hours after the crash, Cammarata became unconscious inside his cell. Responding medics tried to revive him, but he couldn’t be saved.
Authorities suspect that he died from a drug overdose, sources said. The city medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

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