The woman, reportedly in her 80s, was crossing Elizabeth Street near Kenmare Street when she was tragically struck by the van about 1:35 p.m., the New York Daily News reported. The van was making a left turn when the accident occurred, police said.
A witness described the aftermath to the New York Daily News saying she saw the woman on the ground, with her body covered in blood. The woman had a shopping bag in her hand and food was scattered all over the ground, the witness said.
The accident caused the woman to suffer major head trauma. Emergency crews rushed the woman to New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, but she was pronounced dead once they arrived, according to the New York Daily News.
The van that struck the woman was from Party Rental Ltd., a company based in Teterboro, New Jersey. The driver stayed on the scene through the rescue effort and was not immediately charged.
Meanwhile, in court on Wednesday a Long Island teenager pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide for his involvement in a crash that killed a California man.
Prosecutors unsealed an indictment alleging the 17-year-old boy was impaired by drugs and/or alcohol during the August 19th collision, Newsday reported.
On August 19, 2014, the teen crashed into a car driven by a 55-year-old man at the corner of Covert and Second Avenues in New Hyde Park. The man was killed and his 38-year-old wife and 6-year-old daughter were injured.
The teen is claiming he was not impaired by alcohol at the time of the accident. Lab results to determine whether the teen had recently smoked marijuana are pending. He is facing charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired by drugs, 7Online.com reported.