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91-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck Dead by SUV in Maspeth Tuesday

A 91-year-old woman was struck dead while crossing Eliot Avenue at 72nd Street in Maspeth Tuesday (Photo: Council Member Robert Holden Facebook page)

Aug. 4, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A 91-year-old woman was fatally struck by a driver of an SUV while attempting to cross a Maspeth street Tuesday.

Vera Schneider was walking across Eliot Avenue and 72nd Street at around 12:35 p.m. when she was hit by a 2019 Cadillac Escalade driven by a 51-year-old man, according to police.

Cops arrived on the scene a short time afterward and came across the elderly woman unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to her body.

She was transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst by EMS but could not be saved.

The senior had been walking westbound across 72nd Street when the driver struck her while making a left turn from Eliot Avenue onto 72nd Street. The driver remained at the scene, police said.

The investigation is ongoing and police have yet to determine if the driver ran a red light.

The deceased woman was from 76th Street in Middle Village, police said.

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Miha

It’s not the SUV, a thing what killed that human being, it was the driver of that thing/car

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Mike

Drivers in this neighborhood are aggressive and erratic, often speeding, driving through stop signs; and turning through crosswalks at speed.

We desperately need traffic calming and to get dangerous drivers off the road.

Also unless this was a self-driving SUV, please update the headline to reflect that a driver hit the woman, not an autonomous vehicle.

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