Beloved grandmother dies after SUV slams into building in chain-reaction, hit-and-run crash

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September 10, 2019 - 6:41 am
Gilda Lascano

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A beloved grandmother was killed just a block away from her Queens home when a driver T-boned the vehicle she was in, sending it crashing into a building.

Police were still looking for the driver Tuesday afternoon following the crash at 111th Avenue and 126th Street in Ozone Park, ABC7 reported.

Police said a person driving a Lexus ran a red light around 1:15 a.m. and crashed into a Honda CRV, which ricocheted into a building. The driver of the Lexus apparently took off on foot, as the vehicle was still at the scene after the crash.

A passenger in the Honda, 72-year-old Gilda Lascano, died instantly after being ejected from the vehicle, according to police. The driver of the Honda, a 56-year-old woman who was driving Luscano home, was in stable condition at Jamaica Medical Center.

Lascano was just seconds from her house when she was killed, her inconsolable family told ABC7. 

The family said Lascano had been a union shop steward for four decades and was retiring. She was a mother of five and has many grandchildren.

"She bought this house for her children," Gloria Lascano-Vargas told ABC7. "All of my siblings live here, except me, including her grandchildren."

Lascano's grandson, Matthew Vargas, is demanding the driver turn himself in.

"It just goes to show you that we have people in this world that don't care about the lives of others," Vargas said.

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