Sun Glare Causes Fatal Accident
By Howard Schwach
A 73-year-old Rockaway woman on the way to an appointment for an MRI was struck and killed as she crossed Newport Avenue at Beach 116 Street last week by a driver who told police that she was "blinded by the rising sun."
Evelyn Todd, a long time resident of Rockaway, was severely injured by the impact of the car. The unidentified driver of the car, which was eastbound on Newport Avenue, stopped immediately after the accident.
John Raferty, an off-duty EMT attempted to stabilize Todd at the scene prior to the city ambulance arriving, but was unsuccessful because of the multi-trauma she suffered.
Todd was a retired school crossing guard in the 101 Precinct and was a deputy inspector in the NYPD Auxiliary program.
A candlelight vigil was held in Todd’s memory at the accident site on Tuesday night. The vigil was attended by members of the Edgewater Park Volunteer Fire Department from the Bronx. Corey Todd, the victim’s son, is a member of that volunteer group. The service at the vigil was conducted by the Reverend Jan Powell of the First Congregational Church on Beach 92 Street.