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81-Year-Old Woman Struck, Killed By Driver Making Left Turn Onto Bronx Road

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Carmen Velez, 81

A Manhattan man has been arrested in an accident that killed an 81-year-old woman crossing a Bronx street Tuesday morning, police say.

The victim, Carmen Velez, was crossing East Fordham Road at about 9:00 a.m. when she was hit by an SUV that was trying to make a left turn from Hughes Avenue, according to police.

Velez was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital with trauma to the body, and was pronounced dead. 

The driver of the SUV, 51-year-old Eugene Kouassi of Harlem, was arrested on charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. 

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.


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Maria Perez

reports on the Highbridge section of Bronx. Before enrolling in Columbia’s journalism school, she reported for some of the most widely circulated Spanish newspapers (ABC, El Mundo), as well as for Agencia EFE newswire and the British Medical Journal, covering local news, social issues, science, health, culture and the environment. Born in Madrid, she graduated from a Madrid university in law and journalism and she also holds an MBA. Before coming to the USA, she lived in Spain, the United Kingdom and Israel.