72-year-old woman struck and killed by hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn, police say

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Friday, November 17, 2023
72-year-old Brooklyn woman killed in hit-and-run: police
Josh Einiger has more on the deadly hit-and-run.

BAY RIDGE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of a 72-year-old Thursday night.

It happened around 6:40 p.m. in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn.

Officials say a 72-year-old woman was crossing Marine Avenue when she was struck and killed by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and landed underneath a parked car.

"She got hit so hard she got knocked out of her shoes," a witness named Carlo said.

Carlo was double parked on Marine Avenue near 97th Street and watched it all unfold.

Video obtained by Eyewitness News shows the woman walking across the empty street. She hesitates for a moment as she sees a car coming but doesn't get out of the way in time as the black sedan flew down the block.

"She took two steps across the double yellow line, and I swear that the car swerved to hit her," Carlo said. "He hit her so hard she rolled off the car and her body was thrown 12 to 15 feet so hard the entire upper torso was pushed under a parked car."

Carlo said he glanced in his rear view to see if the car that struck was stopping.

"He accelerated upon impact," he said. "I heard the revs go higher and saw the car disappear in my small rear-view mirror."

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

"There are cars that fly by very fast, and it would be very helpful if there were cameras to slow someone who comes through here because it's not a very busy area so when they come through, they fly very quickly," resident Elva Sussman said.

The investigation is ongoing as police search for a black sedan.


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