GERRITSEN BEACH, Brooklyn — An 85-year-old woman was killed and her 90-year-old husband is fighting for his life after they were struck by an SUV at a car wash in Gerritsen Beach Tuesday afternoon.
It happened just before 2 p.m. at Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U.
EMS responded to find Joan M. Tornabene, of Avenue K, Brooklyn, dead at the scene. Her husband, a retired NYPD lieutenant was transported to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Witnesses say he was screaming, "where's my wife, where's my wife?!"
According to police, the black Jeep Liberty rear-ended the elderly couple's Honda Accord while leaving the car wash. While the man and woman were outside of their vehicle inspecting the damage, a 61-year-old car wash employee jumped into the Jeep and quickly reversed it, striking the building then accelerated forward slamming into the couple.
The Jeep hit the couple with such force, the woman's shoes were knocked off and the can flew from the man's hand. Disturbing surveillance footage obtained by PIX11 shows how the horrific scene unfolded.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad.