Woman charged in Staten Island crash that killed child, injured mother


STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK, NY – Police say a woman is facing charges in connection with a fatal pedestrian accident on Staten Island Thursday morning, the Staten Island Advance reports.

It happened as a 31-year-old woman and her 20-month-old daughter were attempting to cross Abbott Street at the intersection with Scarboro Avenue shortly after 7 a.m.

Investigators said the two pedestrians were struck by a white Jeep Cherokee that was going north on Scarboro Avenue and making a turn at the intersection.  The toddler was pronounced dead after being taken to Staten Island University Hospital, while her mother was hospitalized in stable condition.

The driver of the Jeep, 40-year-old Shannon Cocozza of the Rosebank section of Staten Island, was not injured in the incident and stayed at the scene.

She has now been charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian/bicycle and failure to exercise due care, police said.

The report quoted sources as saying the mother and other relatives live on Waterview Court, blocks away from the crash scene.

The NYPD Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing its investigation into the accident.

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