Driver arrested in fatal Gravesend Bay hit-and-run

December 12, 2018 By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Councilmember Mark Treyger and Borough President Eric Adams at the intersection where 57-year-old Francine LaBarbara was struck down by a hit-and-run driver. Photo courtesy of Borough President Eric Adams
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More than 12 hours after a woman was hit by a car and left to die at a Gravesend intersection, police arrested the driver.

Shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, police were called to the corner of West 2nd Street and Avenue Y where Francine Labarbara was found lying on the concrete unconscious.

Labarbara, 57, was taken to Coney Island Hospital for trauma to her body and head. She was pronounced dead.

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Sometime after 11 p.m., police caught up with the driver of a white Ford Econoline van that was seen driving away after striking Labarbara while making a left turn.

Labarbara was crossing the street with groceries at the time she was hit, NBC reported.

The driver was identified as 55-year-old Susan Liebowitz. Police charged her with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield and failure exercise due care.

Liebowitz, of Brighton Beach, is awaiting arraignment in Brooklyn Criminal Court as of Wednesday morning.

Labarbara was a single mother of twin teenage boys and the marketing director for Brooklyn Bagel Store in Williamsburg, NBC reported.

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