Police Officer Isabel Santiago-Nazario

Police Officer Isabel Santiago-Nazario

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, September 5, 2008

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Isabel Santiago-Nazario

Police Officer Isabel Santiago-Nazario was killed when her patrol car was struck by a stolen SUV.

Officer Santiago-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 unlicensed 16-year-old. As Officer Santiago-Nazario and her partner headed south on 39th Street, the Escalade, traveling east on Wallace Street, broadsided their cruiser near the passenger door. Officer Santiago-Nazario was killed instantly. Her partner was critically injured in the collision.

The driver of the Escalade was captured after a foot chase by other responding officers. On June 7, 2010, he pleaded guilty to third degree murder and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.

Police Officer Santiago-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.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 6341

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 to 20 years

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You left this world on that fateful day. I was on duty with our squad in the Narcotics Strike Force on that day, and I still cannot believe what I was hearing. I wear a mourning crepe on my personal badge medallion around my neck since that day September 5, 2008, as a reminder of the sacrifice that you made for all of us, I still wear it to this day. I am honored to have gone to Mayaguez Puerto Rico with several others to escort you to be buried in your place of birth and, I go to your place of rest each time that I go to Puerto Rico. (R.I.P.). Your daughter (Jazmin) has done well in life as you asked that she would as you and I talked on the day before you left this earth outside room 405 in the CJC. God Bless. Keep a place for me to join you on patrol as I will be with you soon.

Richard A Martinez
Narcotics Stirke Force 1-A Squad

March 16, 2021

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