Yvette Molina, a breast-cancer survivor, was getting into her Toyota Sienna van in East New York at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when Michael McBean slammed his white Mercedes-Benz sedan into her, authorities said. The crash left 11 other people injured.
“She was so loving. She was so caring,” said Molina’s tearful niece Janna Bolt, 28. “She was very into her church, her spirituality. She loved everybody. She was a cat lover. She just did all she could.”
Molina, who retired from the NYPD about 10 years ago after a nearly 20-year career, stopped into a nearby deli to buy a newspaper just before she was struck at Linden Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, Bolt said.
“I was devastated,” she said. “It’s Thanksgiving. Who wants to find out their family member passed away on Thanksgiving?”
Retired Detective Verna McLean, 54, who worked with Molina in Brooklyn’s 77th Precinct, said she was always giving stray cats a home.
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McBean hit a Nissan Murano that was stopped at a stoplight before plowing into Molina.
While trying to flee, McBean caused a pileup when he hit a Dodge Caravan that, in turn, slammed into a Dodge Charger, which then hit an Audi Q7, cops said. All of the cars had been stopped at a red light.
McBean then tried to flee on foot and was chased by city EMS medics, police said.
Struggling to escape them, McBean allegedly ran back to the scene of the crash and ultimately into the arms of police.
McBean was charged Friday with attempted robbery, obstruction of governmental administration, disorderly conduct and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.
He has five prior arrests on his record, including two for driving with a suspended license, police sources said. He had two sealed arrests.
Woman killed in Thanksgiving hit-and-run was retired NYPD cop
By Khristina Narizhnaya and Natalie Musumeci
New York Post
November 27, 2015 | 3:18pm