The brother of a Long Island woman killed while protecting her teenage daughter from an out-of-control auto on Mother's Day spoke out about the family's loss Monday.
Diane Aluska, 55, and her 16-year-old daughter were walking from mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church around 9 a.m. when they were hit by an 80-year-old woman backing out of a bakery's parking lot, the New York Post reports.
According to police, Ann Riolo, 80, was backing her vehicle out of a diagonal parking spot, but accidentally shifted the gear into "drive".
"I have no doubt that she saved her daughter's life", Murphy told Newsday.
Aluska reportedly pushed her daughter out of the way prior to being struck and was pinned beneath the vehicle. Diane was rushed to a local hospital where she died of her injuries. Her daughter was listed in stable condition, police said.
"Diane Aluska ... put her hand on her daughter's shoulder and attempted to push her out of the way", Murphy said.
Jenna underwent surgery for her injuries and now has a long recovery ahead of her. "She was everything to us.I can't put it into words".
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As of Sunday night, Riolo has not been charged.
Aluska's neighbor, Jim Conrad, said he just saw the mother-daughter duo happily chatting on Friday.
The Corolla was impounded and it was unknown if the driver would face charges, according to New York Post.
As of yesterday, the teenager didn't yet know the fate of her mother.
Officials say this appears to be an accident, but they are still investigating.
"I just told her her mother is dead".
Where Mother's Day is a holiday intended for rejoicing, Jenna and her family will certainly be grieving.
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