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An 80-year-old woman is dead after a driver struck her on a Bath Beach street July 25.

Police identified the woman as Margherita Nanfro of 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst. Family members gathered at Nanfro’s residence to comfort one another hours after the crash.

“It’s a tragic accident,” said her niece, Lorraine Devito, who last spoke with her aunt on July 24 when Nanfro called to wish Devito a happy birthday. “She always remembered everybody’s birthday. She was very sentimental with dates.”

Nanfro was crossing Rutherford Place near Bay 16th Street at 12:20 pm when the driver of a Honda Civic travelling westbound on Rutherford Place hit her, police said. Paramedics rushed Nanfro to Lutheran Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to police reports.

The driver remained on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Posted 12:00 am, July 29, 2014
Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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li from Bath Beach says:
I am out early in the morning from approximately 5:30am to 7AM and after 4PM. On a daily basis I have seen at least 5 cars/trucks racing down Benson Avenue towards 18th Avenue to make the traffic light or have even passed the light after it changed. Also, motorists who drive down Bay 19th Street towards Benson Avenue where there is a Stop Sign and only about 10% of the motorists make a full stop and most of them do not even attempt to Stop at all.

I have made made complaints but unfortunately no one seems to have listened or they do not care.

There is a lot of traffic on these streets and it is a wonder that no one has ever gotten hurt.
July 30, 2014, 10:17 am
lo from Bath Beach says:
I too am a resident of Bath Beach and cars go through the red lights constantly on 18th Avenue and Bath Avenue. Cars make turns in the middle of the streets and cross over double lines as well as coming onto the sidewalks where pedestrians are walking. Everyone is doing their own thing including speeding. The biggest joke is all this is taking place in birds eye view of the 62nd precinct.
Oct. 8, 2014, 2:51 pm

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