CENTRAL ISLIP (CBSNewYork/AP) – An indictment has been filed against the driver of an SUV that struck and killed a New York mother who led a crusade against MS-13 gang violence after her daughter was slain.Storm Topples Large Tree Onto Car In Jackson Heights, Queens; Owner Thankful He Was Asleep At The Time
Annmarie Drago, a 58-year-old nurse with ties to the property near where 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas‘ body was found, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, criminal mischief and petit larceny.
Drago was brought into a courtroom Friday with hands cuffed behind her back. Her lawyer entered a not guilty plea.
Suffolk County police said Rodriguez and Cuevas’ father, Freddy, rushed to the teen’s memorial site on September 14, after learning that someone was removing mementos.READ MORE: Candidate Conversations: Eric Adams
Prosecutors say the defendant was selling her mothers house and didn’t want a memorial in front of it, as it might scare off buyers. She dismantled and threw out candles balloons photographs.
Police said Rodriguez got into an argument shortly after 4 p.m. with a person related to a resident living on Ray Court in Brentwood regarding the placement of a memorial gathering.
The person attempted to drive away in a 2016 Nissan Rouge and stuck Rodriguez. She was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead.
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President Trump tweeted about Rodriguez Friday, “My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends. #RIPEvelyn”MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2's 10/26 Tuesday Afternoon Forecast
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