Police arrest suspect for fatal Gravesend hit and run

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Cops on Tuesday cuffed a Brighton Beach woman for driving away after hitting and killing another woman as she crossed a Gravesend street earlier that day.

The 55-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a Ford Econoline van driving on W. Second Street towards Shore Parkway smashed into 57-year-old Francine Labarbara around 8 am while making a left turn onto Avenue Y, as the Labarbara crossed that avenue, police said.

Responders rushed to the scene and found the victim, who lived in Gravesend, unconscious on the pavement with trauma to her head and body — but no sign of the driver, who rode off after the fatal crash, according to authorities.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead.

Officials caught up with their suspect around 11:50 pm, arresting her on charges including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and failure to exercise due care, police said.

Labarbara worked at popular Williamsburg breakfast joint The Bagel Store — known for its signature, rainbow-colored boiled bread — according to employees, who took to social media shortly after the fatal incident to mourn the loss of their beloved colleague.

“She worked tirelessly, seeking every opportunity to further the work she believed in with all her heart,” the store’s staff wrote in an Instagram post.

Updated 12:12 pm, December 12, 2018
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Wakanda Washington from Upper east side says:
The hit and run driver’s name was Susan Leibowitz according to ABC - why did this paper decide not to share this bit of information???
Dec. 12, 2018, 1:48 pm
Bruno Sammartino from Bensonhurst says:
She will probably get away with slap on the wrist because in NY it is legal for drivers to kill pedestrians.
Dec. 12, 2018, 3:50 pm
Duke from Flatbush says:
Do people actually read the articles before they post nonsense? What part of the driver was arrested and charged do you not understand, “Bruno”?
Dec. 12, 2018, 3:56 pm
Shutup says:
Duke from Flatbush, charged does not mean convicted, you dope. Usually the conviction equates to a fine and suspension.
Dec. 12, 2018, 5:49 pm
Duke from Flatbush says:
A fine and suspension from a hit and run resulting in death? Not even in your looney bin is that happening. Keep feeling persecuted though. Maybe that cop you called a fat pig will makes your fantasies come true for ya.
Dec. 12, 2018, 6:04 pm
Shutup says:
Wait and see stupid, YOU are the fat pig.
Dec. 12, 2018, 7:02 pm
Bruno Sammartino from Bensonhurst says:
@"duke"- Driver was arrested only because she left the scene of a fatal accident. When a lawyer gets involved, as in hundreds of fatal so called accidents, I'm sure a plausible explanation will be accepted and she will get off. Those are facts backed up by real data, you ignorant fool.
Dec. 13, 2018, 10:11 am
Duke from Flatbush says:
You keep making up atrocities in your head, I mean VZ...Ethan. She had better be related to a Democrat politician if she has any hope of not spending many years in jail.
Dec. 13, 2018, 1:36 pm
Due Process from NYC says:
Need I say more. We need a process for things, otherwise the angry torch-carrying mob above will prevail above civility.
Dec. 13, 2018, 2:17 pm
VZ from ZV says:
LOL, OK I mean lil henry ford. Get a life already. I see you still fantasize about me in your fat head. You need a hobby.
Dec. 13, 2018, 6:08 pm
Vergi from Mill Island says:
To all auto drivers. So that Francine LaBarbaras death has some meaning: let's all stop our vehicle if we should hit a pedestrian That's the least we can do
Dec. 14, 2018, 11:49 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Lol at the poster above calling someone else obsessed when he posts the same crap over and over until the moderators get tired of deleting it
Dec. 14, 2018, 11:59 am
Vee Zee says:
Hi loser! The loser calling someone else obsessed when he must be refreshing this page every 5 minutes to write "he posts the same crap over and over until the moderators get tired of deleting it". Get a life!
Dec. 14, 2018, 5:26 pm
Due Process from NYC says:
I emphasize "civility"
Dec. 16, 2018, 10:56 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I emphasize what an obese loser I am.
Dec. 16, 2018, 8:41 pm
sid from boerum hill says:
leaving the scene of a fatal accident can be charged as a felony punishable by up to 7 years in Jail. The other charges appear to be misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.
Feb. 5, 2019, 12:49 pm

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