Woman killed while exiting car in NYC, driver hit at least 10 vehicles, police say

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
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A woman exiting her vehicle in the Bronx was fatally struck by a car that police say slammed into at least 10 parked vehicles Tuesday night.

SOUNDVIEW, Bronx (WABC) -- A woman exiting her vehicle in the Bronx was fatally struck by a car that police say slammed into at least 10 parked vehicles Tuesday night.

It happened around 9:45p.m. on Bronx River Avenue in the Soundview section, as 31-year-old Carina Lopez was on her way to visit her parents when her life was cut short.

The driver, 42-year-old Robert Johnson, of Mount Vernon, is now under arrest.

"She was a loving caring person who didn't deserve to go this way," younger sister Kathy Lopez said.

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Car parts and debris still littered the roadway Wednesday, and police said Carina Lopez was on the phone with a friend who heard screaming and bystanders urging her to hang on.

"I saw a lady on the floor, and I ran down to see, was she OK?" witness Rene Torres said. "I was trying to talk to her, and I really couldn't hear her."

Surveillance video shows the blur of the Dodge Ram flying past a bodega, sideswiping one of the vehicles that was struck

"He kept going after he hit her," witness Yemanni Vasquez said. "He kept going across the medium, I don't know how, and then crashed on the other side."

Johnson is charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment, but upgraded charges are possible as the investigation continues.

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Carina Lopez's family, though, is in mourning over their loved one, who worked as a physical therapy aide.

"She loved us so much," Kathy Lopez said. "We were like her daughters. She was our second mom. My sister and I loved her."

Johnson is reportedly out on parole, and there is an out-of-state warrant for his arrest, though the nature of that warrant has not been released at this time.

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