A grandmother pushing her 19-month-old granddaughter in a stroller was struck and killed by an unlicensed truck driver in Whitestone on Thursday, June 24, according to authorities.
The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. by the Cross Island Expressway service road at 15-06 150th St., police said.
According to police, 58-year-old Insook Rol, of 17th Avenue, was crossing northbound on the service road while pushing her 19-month-old granddaughter in a stroller when Angelo Graci, the 43-year-old driver of a white GMC pick-up truck, was attempting to turn onto the service road and struck Rol.
Paramedics found Rol unresponsive with trauma to her head and body and rushed her to NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:07 a.m., police said.
The toddler was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital with minor injuries.
Graci, of 22nd Avenue, is facing charges multiple charges, including driving with a suspended license, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, according to authorities.
The investigation is ongoing.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. on Sunday, June 27. Police initially identified the adult victim as woman in her 40s. They also initially said she was the toddler’s mother. NYPD officials later said the woman was 58 and that she was the toddler’s grandmother. Police also initially said the toddler was 18 months old, but later said the child was 19 months old.