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Elderly woman killed by NYC driver was giving granny: ‘Everybody loved her’

The elderly woman who was hit and killed by a “crazy” driver fleeing from police in Brooklyn was a grandmother and “beautiful person” who “helped everyone in the neighborhood”, grieving friends share horror stories Friday. He said a new video has been released.

Authorities say Juanita Vidal, 71, was walking at Eldert Street and Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick around 5 p.m. Thursday when she was struck by a speeding blue Mazda CX-5 SUV. He also collided with his 20-year-old daughter, Jessica.

“Right now I’m holding back my emotions,” Vidal’s daughter told The Post by phone Friday. After witnessing her mother’s horrific death, she has difficulty speaking and it appears she is still hospitalized.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, 71-year-old Juanita Vidal was struck by a speeding blue Mazda CX-5 SUV at Eldert Street and Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick, and her 44-year-old daughter Jessica was also struck. A collision resulted in a fatal accident.

In the video, Jessica can be seen kneeling next to her mother at the scene, crying as police perform CPR to no avail.

“I have a hole in my lung and it’s hard for me to talk,” Jessica told the Post.

However, many of Vidal’s friends expressed their sadness over the tragedy.

“I’m sorry. Everyone is sad,” said George Alvarez, 65.

“When I saw the video, the method was [the suspect] He was driving, he was a maniac. With his speed, my daughter was lucky to be alive. ”

Police continued to search for the driver on Friday.

“She was a healthy woman,” Alvarez said of Vidal.

“He cut her life short. I’m angry because she was my friend.”

“Right now I’m holding back my emotions,” Vidal’s daughter told The Post by phone Friday. After witnessing her mother’s horrific death, she has difficulty speaking and it appears she is still hospitalized. David Burns/FD4D

Surveillance footage obtained by the Post shows the SUV that police say was being pursued for a traffic violation speeding eastbound through the intersection on Eldert Street before colliding with a red car traveling on Knickerbocker Street. Just as he was about to do so, a police car appears to be following him, a few seconds behind him.

Police confirmed the driver failed to obey two stop signs and swerved to the left to avoid colliding with another vehicle, hitting the mother and daughter.

The man then crashed into a Chevrolet van and eventually into a Honda, police said.

Video shows Jessica wincing in pain as officers hold her, blood streaming down her cheeks.

Another video shows a police officer performing chest compressions on Vidal with his crying daughter behind him.

A man can be heard yelling, “Call an ambulance!”

Vidal has three children in New York and more children in his hometown of Puerto Rico and Boston, friends said.

She had at least 10 grandchildren, four with her daughter and six with her two sons.

“I’ve always watched her grow up with the kids,” Alvarez said.

“She was a good mother and very close to her children.”

In the video, Jessica can be seen kneeling next to her mother at the scene, crying as police perform CPR to no avail. Obtained from NY Post

Nancy Barrera tearfully said the slain woman used to live with her before moving in with her daughter. She lived there for about 10 years.

Vidal still occasionally spends a few nights at Barrera’s home and was scheduled to visit on the night her life was tragically taken.

“I met her on Wednesday. I said, ‘I’m going to make soup for us tomorrow,’ and she said, ‘I’ll be there,'” the friend said. “She always came in the late afternoon, around 5, 6, 7 o’clock, but she never came.”

Vidal’s favorite soup was ham and salchichón, a Puerto Rican soup made with Spanish summer sausage, ham, noodles and potatoes.

“She was a beautiful person. She helped everyone in the neighborhood. Everyone loved her,” Varela said, wiping tears from her eyes.

Nancy’s daughter Angie described Vidal as essentially “family.”

“She loved my children like a grandmother,” Angie said.

“She was that type of person. My son is 23 years old. He’s sitting in the car crying… devastated. He hasn’t said anything. It hit him hard. Gave.”

“She would say to my kids, ‘No, no, no, no,’ waving her index finger,” Angie said of the moment she stepped out of line when her children were younger.

“She made it into a song. Then my kids started imitating her. … It’s the little things.”

As for reckless drivers, “Do you know how many kids were coming from school at that time?” Angie said.

“He could have beaten the kids, he could have killed the kids. He was heartless, only thinking about himself, and he didn’t want to get caught.”

Her husband Joshua, 48, added: “He beat everyone up. I hope he turns himself in. He made a choice to commit a crime and he should go to prison.”

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