The Brooklyn District Attorney announced on Wednesday that it would conduct its own criminal investigation into the tragic death of a Fort Greene mother of three who was run down by an SUV that apparently ran a red light last Thursday.
The move by Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes came after the NYPD had ruled that there was “no crime committed” when the Ford Explorer slammed into Aileen McKay-Dalton, the 40-year-old mom.
“People came forward and said that there are some things we should look into,” Hynes’s spokesman Jerry Schmetterer told us. “We’re investigating [if] a crime was committed.”
The announcement came amidst mounting public pressure for a more thorough investigation into the accident at DeKalb and Clinton avenues.
Friends, neighbors, and Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) say that the NYPD has mishandled the initial investigation by ruling that there was no criminality even though witnesses say the behemoth vehicle that hit McKay-Dalton was speeding and had run a red light.
Those allegations were front and center during a candle light vigil for McKay-Dalton at the site of the accident on Wednesday afternoon.
A crowd of 50 people showed up for the vigil, most hailing the Scotland native McKay-Dalton as a pillar of her community and a dear friend.
“Aileen really loved living in Brooklyn,” said Kelly Fitzgerald, a friend of the family. “We’re going to miss her forever.”
At the end, the group of witnesses, friends, family, and neighbors – many weeping – lit candles and held a moment of silence.
“She was amazing. She had tons of friends,” added Karen Griffin.
“She touched everybody that she met,” said another friend.
But others spoke less about the victim, and more about justice.
Tara Simoncic, who saw the accident, said she experienced “indifference” by the NYPD at the accident scene.
“Don’t assume the Police Department will take the right information or is on the side of the people,” she said.
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