Brooklyn Mother Mowed Down By Hit And Run Driver

NYPD officers investigate fatal hit and run on Ave Y W2 St. Suspect remains at large Photo: Shimon Gifter

Brooklyn      Police are searching for a suspect after a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.

The 56-year-old woman, identified as Francine LaBarbara, was struck while walking at West 2nd Street and Avenue Y in the Gravesend section at around 8 a.m.

Witnesses say she was carrying groceries when she was struck in a crosswalk by a driver described as driving a dark-colored minivan and then fled the scene.

“I just looked out my window, and I saw a lifeless body. I saw two sanitation workers running to aid the woman but it was obvious there was nothing to do, unfortunately,” neighbor Esther Chalouh told GifterInGotham.

Frank Sarrica stopped his car to help. Frank told GifterInGotham he was angry that motorist just continued to drive on and not even get out of their cars to help.

EMS rushed the victim to Coney Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

LaBarbara was a single mother of teenage twin boys and was the marketing director of Williamsburg’s Bagel Store, best known for its unique colored bagels.

The vehicle has not been recovered, and the driver remains on the loose. NYPD is asking any witnesses or anyone with info to please call crime stoppers at 1800 577 TIPS.

GifterInGotham observed dozens of cars running the stop sign. Local residents are demanding the NYPD patrol the area and issue summonses to drivers that run the stop sign on Ave Y W.2 St and W.3 st before another pedestrian gets hit and injured.


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