"We were going for a three hour citizenship and this guy comes and just hit my wife," the victim's husband said.
Police say the woman was hit by the vehicle, right in front of her family on Cadman Plaza West just before 7:30 a.m.
The family was headed to the federal courthouse to become American citizens. Then they say, without any warning there was a screeching of brakes.
"All I heard was a bang and when I turned around I saw my mom on the floor," the victim's son said.
"I saw her flung across the street," the victim's daughter.
The car, believed to be a livery car did not stop, it then crashed into scaffolding around a building. Police rushed to the scene at Cadman Plaza West.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition. The driver was treated at the scene.
A contractor will stabilize the scaffolding.