Officials said that New York State Corrections Officer Damon Padmore, also 38, was taken into the custody after the fatal pedestrian accident for allegedly driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.
He was not charged in the death of Dorothea Wallace, whom he struck with his 1999 Ford Expedition near the corner of Flatbush Avenue and St. Mark’s Place. As this paper went to press, her death was being treated as an accident.
Witnesses told police that the Expedition, which sported the vanity plates “KOKOHEAD,” was traveling northbound on Flatbush Avenue at 5:20 a.m. on November 3 when it struck Wallace, a resident of East 53rd Street in Flatlands, at the eastbound intersection.
Paramedics rushed the woman to New York Methodist Hospital, where she died of her injuries.
Officials said that Padmore, who has been a corrections officer since 1997 and was on his way to his post at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, remained at the scene.
He would have been let go if the suspension didn’t pop up during a routine check of his license, officials said.