‘Everyone loved Stella’: Driver hits, kills senior while backing into driveway of his Marine Park home

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A driver hit and killed a senior while backing into the driveway of his Marine Park home on Wednesday, police said.

The 49-year-old motorist struck 85-year-old Stella Clinton with his Toyota Highlander at 4:30 pm, as she walked past the driveway of his Avenue S home near Brown Street on the way to her Gerritsen Avenue home, cops said.

The man fatally struck Clinton as she headed home from Ash Wednesday service at Avenue S’s Good Shepherd Church, where she was a parishioner, according to her daughter, Jessica Clinton.

“She was well known around Marine Park and Good Shepherd school,” her daughter said. “Everyone loved Stella.”

Paramedics rushed Clinton, who sustained head trauma, to Kings County Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead, according to authorities, who said the driver remained on the scene until cops arrived.

Police have yet to file any charges, and their investigation is ongoing, officers said.

Clinton, who lived in Marine Park for 41 years, is survived by her four children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, her daughter said.

Updated 10:59 am, March 8, 2019
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Yolanda Vega from Albany says:
What was his name? Hmm, sounds like she got in the way of his backing-in routine, probably did a fast maneuver and didn’t look, sad
March 7, 2019, 9:56 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
I'm sure the driver regrets negligently killing a woman, so the police don't need to get involved. It's legal when you do it with your vehicle.
March 8, 2019, 9:36 am
Dumb from above from NYC says:
Don't need to spell it out regarding the comment above. A very sad story and we shouldn't make judgement till we know the facts. Even in another publication, they talked of the driver having a lot of summonses, but like the majority of us in NYC, we are the prey of governments thirst for dollars and no one can avoid being ticketed, so it's not a basis for conclusions either. The only thing of relevance here is if this was reckless in nature, and if not, the horror of this being on anyone's conscience is punishment enough. No public slander please. May this lady rest in peace and our sympathy goes out to her loved ones.
March 8, 2019, 10:17 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Send this POS directly to prison for life. Take his vehicle and sell it for scrap metal, all proceeds to the victims family. Take all his assets and give to the victim's family. Ban personal vehicles in NYC. Motorists are to self entitled to be trusted behind the wheel. As for the above comment, if you don't break the law, you don't get tickets.
March 8, 2019, 10:38 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
We know more than enough facts to judge the person who killed this innocent woman. We don't know enough to place it on the spectrum from 1st degree murder to involuntary manslaughter, but we know that someone killed someone else. It's bizarre and perverse to think that mowing someone down with your car is the only time in the criminal justice system that feeling bad is punishment enough.
March 8, 2019, 12:19 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
So Mike from Williamsburg, tell me the truth do you have super binoculars or supernatural eyesight while perched from your rooftop observing this unfortunate incident. Mowing someone down in the street? Where is your head, obviously not on your shoulders. This man was Backing in to His Driveway at 4:30 in the evening in the dark. Obviously you don't read past the headlines and you find great comfort in finding blame when non exist. Was she wearing dark clothes at night? Do you know this area of one family homes that have narrow driveways? Did you pick all this up while sitting on your perch observing this unfortunate incident. I think not. All I could say about this incident is that my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this unfortunate tragedy.
March 8, 2019, 3:55 pm
Frank from Furter says:
It us still light until 5 30. At the very least he is guilty of failure to yield to a pedestrian and cause injury. A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
March 8, 2019, 4:01 pm
Gerard from brooklyn says:
Unfortunately for all the haters and anti-car crowd, this was an accident. If it was intentional, reckless or criminally negligent, than arrest him. However if his state of mind was just parking his car without any of the other factors I listed, than this is an unfortunate event. The victims family has recourse in civil court but criminality is a big leap without substantial probable cause proof.
March 8, 2019, 6:24 pm
Sgt Slaughter from In your kitchen says:
Sorry haters and losers. This driver is a high functioning member of elite society and will not be a victim of your lynch mob. Please find a suitable victim next time.
March 8, 2019, 9:12 pm
Frank from Furter says:
It clearly was negligent. You are responsible when you back up your vehicle and the pedestrian has the right of way on the sidewalk. I drive everyday and haven't had a summons in years. I have one red light camera ticket 5 years ago(as I went behind the ambulance taking my wife to the hospital) and one speed camera ticket 3 years ago. You don't get tickets for the most part if you don't speed or go thru lights(with some exception). Gerard the fact that he hit her backing up thru the sidewalk is proof enough for the charge of failure to yield expect him to be charged at least for that. Criminally negligent homicide in a vehicle requires that you prove some significant deviation from the norm of driving, which unless the facts are different than so far presented aren't present(merely backing up and not stopping is not enough it would have to have the element of doing it at a high speed or while doing something else imo).
March 9, 2019, 10:31 am
Frank from Furter says:
According to police, Clinton was at that location at about 4:18 p.m., walking towards her Gerritsen Avenue home when she was struck by the 49-year-old driver. Streetsblog ran the driver’s plate through the seminal violations bot, How’s My Driving NY, and discovered that the car had been flagged for 31 tickets since 2013, including 10 speed camera violations and running two red lights. at 4 18 on march 7 it was still fully light out more than an hour before sunset which was 5;54 pm on that date. That's a lot of accident waiting to happen.
March 9, 2019, 10:36 am
Frank from Furter says:
so I went to the website that shows this info and found out this for me.. Total parking and camera violation tickets: 8 3 | School Zone Speed Camera Violation 1 | No Parking - Except Authorized Vehicles 1 | Failure To Stop At Red Light 1 | Fire Hydrant 1 | Expired Meter 1 | No Parking - Street Cleaning yet it only shows two fines actually accessed. So the information is highly suspect. I admit to 1 school zone and 1 red light. No Hydrant and the No parking except authorized vehicles was dismissed. An expired ticket at a meter is not a real offense LOL.
March 9, 2019, 10:55 am
Corey Johnson from Transplant land says:
Nope. Take the car away from the hotdog and lock the frank up for thirty years.
March 9, 2019, 11:51 am
frank from furter says:
Lock me up? for what? parking tickets? serial posting? Voting for Hillary? LOL
March 9, 2019, 12:31 pm
Corey Johnson from Transplant Land says:
Park a car, go to jail. I promised not to ban cars, I said nothing about parking. Wanna make your one call now?
March 9, 2019, 2:47 pm
frank from Furter says:
LOL Corey lock your self up...
March 9, 2019, 3:38 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Going to jail for killing someone while parking your car seems extremely reasonable.
March 10, 2019, 2:30 pm
Frank from Furter says:
most states have a vehicular manslaughter charge that is a felony if you violate their traffic laws and a death results. NY's is rare that it only applies if you are drunk. They do occasionally charge criminally negligent homicide but that requires recklessness not ordinary negligence. The woman who killed two on 9th street and subsequently committed suicide was charge under that statute but it is rare without alcohol or drugs being involved.
March 10, 2019, 8 pm
Otto from Midwood says:
"This driver is a high functioning member of elite society and will not be a victim..." This means the perp is a relative of a cop so the corrupt NYPD will let them off. And cops cry that no one likes them!
March 12, 2019, 2:19 pm
Pina from Bay Ridge says:
While EVERYONE is entitled to their opinion Here’s mine Let’s begin by saying I am NOT condoning this action But just because the medical community has come up with NEWER MORE EXPENSIVE MORE INVASIVE MAKING THEIR GOD-LIKE HERO EGOS EVEN BIGGER DOES NOT MAKE THIS JUST A very very wise man (Abraham Lincoln) once said ITS NOTS THE YEARS IN THE LIFE BUT THE LIFE IN THE YEARS! Again, MY OPINION there is absolutely no dignity Quality of life Mental Sharpness Muscle Reflexes After a certain age and it does vary from person to person But many many 85 yo are not fast enough Sharph enough to handle NYC daily life I know too many cases where these women live on in high # years Only to put their dirty diapers with their clean ones Another lingered and question why God would take her body but keep her mind WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? PLAYING GOD??? Quality of Life > Quantity of Life It’s just become ANOTHER Money Maker for the already disgustingly SHARKS of the medical industry ALWAYS TRYING TO PLAY GOD So they can make more $$$ I find it too disgusting because their Hypocratic Oath says FIRST DO NO HARM ??? If they place their Almighty $$$ above what’s best for the patient They are truly NOT DRs but businessmen???
March 15, 2019, 8:46 pm

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