Elderly Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Incident in Brooklyn

Yvonne Sandiford, 79

Police are searching for the hit-and-run drivers who struck and killed 79-year-old Yvonne Sandiford on Thursday evening in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Yvonne Sandiford, a mother of 10, grandmother of more than 20, and great-grandmother of two, was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. near the corner of New York Avenue and Herkimer Street.

According to investigators, Yvonne Sandiford was in the crosswalk when the driver of a gray Nissan Rogue hit her while turning and drove away. A second driver, operating a white Toyota Sienna, also hit her farther down the block near Fulton Street and fled the scene. Police have not made any arrests yet and are treating the incident as a hit-and-run.

Yvonne Sandiford’s family described her as a humble person who loved to laugh. She had been retired for about a decade and previously worked as a cook in a local hospital. Her family, devastated by her loss, is urging the hit-and-run drivers to turn themselves in.

This tragic incident highlights the ongoing concerns about street safety in New York City, particularly for seniors. According to a report released by the city’s Department of Transportation last year, seniors represent more than 45% of the city’s annual pedestrian fatalities, despite making up less than 15% of the population.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip via their website or Twitter. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

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