Charges filed in death of mother who spoke out against MS-13 after daughter’s murder

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — Charges have been filed in the killing of a mother who fought against MS-13 gang violence after her daughter was slain.

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Evelyn Rodriguez

Evelyn Rodriguez was struck and killed in Brentwood in September after the Associated Press reports she argued with the driver over the placement of a memorial for her 16-year-old daughter.

That driver, identified Friday as Ann Marie Drago, is charged with criminally negligent homicide and criminal mischief in the deadly hit-and-run crash, officials tell PIX11. She has been released on her own recognizance.

Drago is also accused of stealing items from the makeshift memorial, and faced a petit larceny charge.

Ann Marie Drago is accused of killing Evelyn Rodriguez in Brentwood in September 2018. (PIX11)

If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

Rodriguez spoke out against MS-13 after her daughter, Kayla Cuevas, was killed along with a friend, allegedly by members of the deadly gang.

President Donald Trump had previously recognized Rodriguez at a State of the Union address.

After Rodriguez's death, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said, “the world has lost a great warrior.”