DA to investigate Vespa mom death

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The Brooklyn District Attorney announced last 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 on July 8.

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.”

As of this Tuesday, though, neither of the principal witnesses in the accident report had been contacted by the DA’s office, although Schmetterer said that his office had spoken to other witnesses.

The initial investigation revealed that the Ford Explorer that hit McKay-Dalton is owned by the Treasury Department, even though it’s registered to Metro Property Appraisers, a Manhattan company that does not appear to exist. The car’s registration gives the company address as 29 John St. in Manhattan — but that building is entirely residential, and the driver of the car, Joel Loudon Murphy, does not live there. The accident report gives a Louisiana address for him, but he has not returned repeated calls left at his Bayou State home.

A source said that law enforcement vehicles are typically not registered to the actual agency, making it difficult to know what branch of the Treasury Department is involved in the death of McKay-Dalton.

The DA’s 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 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 last 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.

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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nelsonjoe15 from oakpark says:
@Jeremy, Yeah you should contact a Personal Injury Lawyer and get a free consultation, explain to them what exactly and they will help you, one of my friend recommended this hope you feel better soon
July 15, 2010, 6:20 am
BR from Brooklyn Heights says:
DA Hynes investigating a law-enforcement coverup? Wow … NOW we CERTAINLY can count on a honest account.

Oh, brother. What a crock.
July 15, 2010, 7:02 am
sid from boerum hill says:
Didn't Hynes get his striped by prosecuting the Howard Beach case? Also hasn't he brought cases against the Police?
lets see what the DA does before we condemn him. I wasn't there- I feel sorry for the family.
July 15, 2010, 7:15 am
blofled of boerum hill from boerum hill says:
the police seek to reduce criminal complaints to keep their numbers down natural response to the pressures they are under, they seek to downplay incidents when they interact with citizens of course this one is wrong and outrageous luckily you got a great councilmember and witnesses and a strong DA
July 15, 2010, 9:13 am
hope from bk says:
What a sad, sad story. My condolences to her family.

In the future, maybe everybody, even drivers, will be held responsible for their actions. Is there any other machine that people can use to kill with impunity?
July 15, 2010, 9:27 am
Boris from Bay Ridge says:
The NYPD's continued indifference to vehicular homicides is stunning. This incident is but one of many. In most of them, the police officers announce "no criminality" just minutes after the incident has occurred, and often the driver is allowed to simply drive away from the scene. The NYPD usually only interviews the driver and passengers, not the victim (if he/she survives) or the other people on the street.

Simply put, the NYPD treats a driver's license as a license to kill. Even more perversely, if you are unaffected by drugs or alcohol, and ostensibly responsible for your actions, causing someone's death carries less penalty than if there are reasons for your impaired judgment.
July 15, 2010, 10:07 am
David from Reality says:
NYPD made a "ruling that there was no criminality?"

When it's matter of someone who's not in a car being killed by a car, THAT IS ALL NYPD EVER @#$% DOES!!

Time for NYPD to learn to value non-motoring human life.
July 15, 2010, 10:50 am
It happens. says:
Synopsis of DA investigation:

SUV struck female white on motor scooter. Victim DOA at scene. Witnesses confirm SUV operator at fault, numerous VTL violations. NYPD on scene and investigated, no arrest warranted, numerous summonses issued.

July 15, 2010, 12:32 pm
gimme from around says:
time to put up a white vespa there?
July 17, 2010, 10:31 am
jsorel from fort green says:
How about naming the officers in question? They should be fired, but having their names be forever associated with this in any online search is at least a start.
July 17, 2010, 2:29 pm
adam smith from Bridgeport says:
I wonder if a driver ran a light and killed a cop if they would say no crime committed.
July 18, 2010, 10:04 pm
SG from Ft. Greene says:
I agree with BK, EVERYONE driving should be held accountable for their actions while driving any type of machine, from cars and trucks, to scooters and bikes. So what happens if it turns out Ms. Dalton was a little distracted by the music from her headphones under her helmet and, as the pictures of the SUV shows, she ran into it? Doesn't matter if she was the nice lady she was reported to be. Doesn't matter if the guy was a cop or not. A tragic accident happened, could have been anyone going across Clinton at that moment in time. I can't imagine the pain Mr. Dalton and his children are going through. I can't imagine the mental suffering that the other driver is having to deal with, along with having everyone assume the worst about him. Just a sad situation for all involved.
July 23, 2010, 9:36 am
jim from brooklyn says:
SG: Ew.

Witnesses said the driver ran the light and was speeding. Too bad he won't have 20 years in jail to suffer mentally.
July 26, 2010, 10:18 am
Bree from Clinton Hill says:
She seemed to be someone who had a great personality and was fun to be around and beautiful as well. My condolences to the family. How tragic.
July 27, 2010, 8:21 pm

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