NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A single mother of teenage boys was struck and killed in a hit-and-run in Brooklyn Tuesday morning.
Francine LaBarbara, 56, was killed while crossing Avenue Y at West 2nd Street in Gravesend at 8:02 a.m., police said.
LaBarbara was in the crosswalk when she was hit by a dark van traveling southbound on West 2nd Street, witnesses told police.
She had just stepped out to go grocery shopping, police believe.
“She’ll be missed,” Scott Rossillo told CBS2’s Dick Brennan.
LaBarbara is the mother of twin 16-year-old boys. She was beloved by people in the neighborhood, Brennan reported.
“What kind of a person was she?” Brennan asked Joann Parlagreco.
“Wonderful, everything for her boys,” Parlagreco said. “She would help anyone.”
“It’s horrible, especially a hit and run. The guy or girl didn’t have the decency to see if she was OK,” said neighbor Anna Salluscio.
She says the corner is dangerous.
“I almost got hit there a couple of months ago,” Salluscio said. “Right there in the intersection, was walking the dog and tapped the women’s car and she still went.”
Parlagreco said she put in a request that a light be put in the intersection a year and a half ago.
“They don’t stop at the stop sign, they hesitate, and there’s an accident,” she said.
Friends told Brennan LaBarbara was a hard worker putting her kids through school, one at Regis and the other at Xavier. Both are honor students.
“Somebody saw it and someone knows who did it. And I woul like to say to the person who did it, you shall take this to your grave. The brave thing, the right thing to do is to turn yourself in,” Rossillo said.