Grandma dead, toddler in stroller injured after being struck by truck in Queens: police


WHITESTONE, Queens — A grandmother was killed and her toddler granddaughter was injured after being struck by a truck in Queens Thursday, police said.

It happened in the vicinity of 150th Street and Cross Island Parkway in Whitestone around 12:10 p.m., police said. However information from Citizen App and witnesses said it occurred in the 10 a.m. hour.

Insook Rol, 58, was walking along the Cross Island Parkway access road with her 19-month-old granddaughter in a stroller when a truck turned onto the road and struck them, police said.

NYPD officials initially identified the adult as the toddler’s mother. She was pronounced dead at the hospital. The child suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police took Angelo Graci, the alleged truck driver, into custody on charges of aggravated unlicensed operator, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.

Activists say the incident is another failure of the city to protect pedestrians and called for safer streets.

Editor’s Note: Police initially identified the adult victim as woman in her 40s; they also said she was the toddler’s mother. NYPD officials later said the woman was 58 and that she was the toddler’s grandmother. Police also initially said the toddler was 18-months-old, but later said the child was 19-months-old.

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