Midwood Crash Victim’s Mother Defends Teen Driver

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A Brooklyn mother has come forward to defend the teenage driver who killed her 13-year-old daughter in Midwood earlier this month.

Pam Erdan says Eric Hakimisefat, 16, is devastated by the Oct. 3 tragedy and sat with the Orthodox Jewish family every day of shiva.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

Sarah Erdan was riding in the backseat of the Honda Odyssey when Hakimisefat lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a telephone pole, a parked car and the porch of a home.

Police said Hakimisefat was driving at least 63 mph at the time of the accident.

Erdan believes pointing fingers doesn’t help or heal.

“We embrace Eric and his family’s pain and suffering as part of our own as we look to heal together in recovering and forging ahead with our lives,” Erdan said.

Hakimisefat has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, driving without a license and speeding.

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  • lbk

    I am not surprised. I’ve known Pam since we were kids and she has always had the biggest heart and is one of the kindest, compassionate people I know. May G-d grant her and her family the strength to go on.

  • valerie

    Well, her attitude is better that what some would do – retaliate, riot, kill. Nothing will bring her daughter back.

    • Shmuel

      Perhaps, but is it possible that her pain and anger is so overwhelming that supporting Eric is an act of emotional denial? After all, embracing Eric will not bring her daughter back, either.

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