Woman struck in fatal hit-and-run after exiting car on Belt Parkway


BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NY – The NYPD is investigating a hit-and-run crash that killed a woman on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Sunday, the New York Post reports.

The victim was identified as 56-year-old Emma Risper of Scotrun, Pennsylvania. Investigators said she was driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan on the westbound side of the highway in the Gravesend section when she pulled over onto the right shoulder at about 3 a.m. When Risper stepped out of her vehicle, she was struck by another driver.

Risper was taken to Coney Island Hospital with severe injuries and was pronounced dead.  Police said the driver of the other vehicle kept going after the crash without stopping to help, though it is not yet clear whether the driver was aware they had hit someone.

The Daily News reported that Risper’s 40-year-old son and 37-year-old daughter were with her in the car at the time of the accident and that the family was on their way home from an early Thanksgiving gathering with relatives.  Risper, a mother of five, was a native of Brooklyn.

So far there have been no arrests in the case.

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