Man charged in hit-and-run death of elderly couple

November 26, 2009 2:47:08 PM PST
Church leaders say they discussed traffic hazards with city officials just hours before an elderly couple were killed on their way to Mass on Staten Island. A man was charged with leaving the scene of the Wednesday night accident.

The victims, 78-year-old Peter S. Sabados and his 77-year-old wife, Lillian, were going to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. They carried canned goods for the poor, which were left scattered by the crash.

The Rev. Pancrose Kalist says he and the parish school's principal met with two Department of Transportation officials about six hours before the tragedy.

DOT spokesman Seth Solomonow said Thursday that he could not immediately confirm that officials from the agency were at the meeting.

Kalist said a number of options were discussed. Parish leaders suggested a red-light camera.