2009-04-24 / Top Stories

Police ID Cross Bay Boulevard Accident Victim

Police Say Motorist Driving 'At High Rate Of Speed'
By Howard Schwach

The 2002 Nissan lies overturned in the wooded area just off Cross Bay Boulevard on Thursday. Identified the driver as an Elmont (Long Island) woman named Orrette Riley, Pictured, Police from the emergency service unit get ready to cover the body of the dog that was killed along with its master. All photos by Howard Schwach. The 2002 Nissan lies overturned in the wooded area just off Cross Bay Boulevard on Thursday. Identified the driver as an Elmont (Long Island) woman named Orrette Riley, Pictured, Police from the emergency service unit get ready to cover the body of the dog that was killed along with its master. All photos by Howard Schwach. As reported on the front page of last week's Wave, a 55-year old woman and her dog were mowed down by a errant automobile as they were walking along Cross Bay Boulevard just north of Broad Channel on Thursday, April 23.

Police have identified the woman as Joanne Kodetsky, who lived at 322 Cross Bay Boulevard, and often walked her dog on the stretch between the town and the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge.

Police say Orette Riley, 42, of Elmont was driving southbound at a "high rate of speed" on the six-lane road, when she lost control of her 2002 Nissan and jumped the curb, taking down a stand of trees before slamming into Kodetsky and her dog.

In the car with Riley was Tricia Alleyne, 33. It is unclear as to whether or not Alleyne was injured in the accident.

A woman identified by police as Orrette Riley is placed on an ambulance by EMS workers and firefighters. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital. A woman identified by police as Orrette Riley is placed on an ambulance by EMS workers and firefighters. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital. Paramedics rushed Kodetsky to Peninsula Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Riley was transported to the trauma center at the Jamaica Hospital center, but hospital officials declined this week to provide a status report or prognosis on her condition.

The NYPD's Accident Investigation Division is investigating, and nobody has yet been charged in connection with Kodetsky's death.

The broken trees just off Cross Bay Boulevard show the path of the automobile as it left the road and hit the woman and her dog. The broken trees just off Cross Bay Boulevard show the path of the automobile as it left the road and hit the woman and her dog.

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