Police release identity of female fatally struck by car

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. The 50-year-old female who was struck by a car and killed while crossing Richmond Road Saturday has been identified by police as Maria Serrano. She died Sunday morning at Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze, according to a source with knowledge of the incident. Serrano, who resided on Summit Avenue in Egbertville, was walking her dog from east to west in the crosswalk at 6:49 a.m. on Saturday when the driver, who was turning left from Richmond Road toward New Dorp Lane, struck her with his gray, 2014 Toyota Tacoma, police allege.

The woman made it halfway through the intersection when she was hit and catapulted into the air by the impact, according to witness Alondra Barrera of Port Richmond, who was riding in a black SUV right behind the truck. She called 911. Two female Good Samaritans administered CPR and other first aid until first responders arrived, Barrera said. The driver, identified as Luigi Tucci, 71, remained at the scene.

Tucci was later arrested and charged[1] with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, according to an NYPD spokesman.

Relatives are searching for Serrano’s dog, a terrier mix named Oscar, who was lost as a result of the incident.


  1. ^ Tucci was later arrested and charged (www.silive.com)

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