Driver fatally strikes woman, damages parked cars on Long Island

COPIAGUE, N.Y. — A woman was struck and killed at a Long Island parking lot Saturday afternoon.

The woman was walking in a parking lot along Merrick Road in Copiague when she was struck by a 2001 Honda Civic backing out of a parking space, police said.

The driver stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake, striking the woman before damaging three parked cars, according to police.

Several passers-by lifted the vehicle off the woman before EMS personnel arrived, authorities said.

The woman, who was later identified as 55-year-old Valentyna Todorovych, was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead, cops said.

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.