NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD officer died in a tragic crash on the Henry Hudson Parkway early Sunday morning.

Police said 24-year-old Kimberly LaJara worked at the 121st Precinct on Staten Island.

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LaJara was was one of two people killed just before 4 a.m. on the Upper West Side. Police said she was driving a Mercedes, when she lost control and struck a tree on the parkway near 98th Street, causing a fiery scene.

The passenger, identified as 32-year-old Oscar Monegro, also died, police said.

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The parkway was shut down for nearly six hours.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

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“We’re mourning the loss of one of New York’s Finest today. We lost an NYPD Officer today after a terrible car crash early this morning. We send our deepest condolences to their family, friends and brothers and sisters in the NYPD,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.