Out-of-control driver crashes into Staten Island yard, killing 81-year-old passenger

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 15:33:02-04

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An out-of-control car crashed into the fence of a Staten Island home Monday morning, killing a passenger and sending the driver to the hospital, police said.

The police responded to a 911 call around 10 a.m. at 35 Jackson avenue, where officers found the badly-damaged, gold-colored station wagon halfway on the front lawn.

Police found 81-year-old Mary Pannese with badly injured in the passenger seat.  Emergency Medical Services took Pannese to Staten Island University hospital where she was pronounced dead. The 80-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was also taken to the hospital, but was in stable condition, police said.

A preliminary investigation determined the crash was caused when the driver lost control of the vehicle, but it's not clear how it happened.

An investigation by the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.