NEW YORK (AP) — An 80-year-old Brooklyn woman is dead after police say she was struck by a drunken driver and dragged for a block before witnesses made the man pull over.

The Daily News reports Maria Prikul and her caregiver were hit by a van Saturday morning while crossing a street in the Bath Beach area of Brooklyn.

Witnesses say Prikul was dragged for a block before passers-by stopped the driver.

Bystanders then tried to save the woman by lifting the van as emergency responders pulled her out.

Prikul and the health aide were transported to a hospital, where Prikul was pronounced dead. The aide, whose name wasn’t released, suffered minor injuries.

The van’s driver was identified as 52-year-old Mario Vasquez of Brooklyn. Police say he was arrested and faces a slew of charges, including DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

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