A churchgoing 89-year-old woman is clinging to life after she was struck by a car — driven by a church elder on his way to set up for Sunday Mass at the Queens house of worship both attended, cops and locals said.
The elderly woman had just grabbed coffee and a bagel from St. Paul Chong Hasang RC Church and was crossing 32nd Avenue when she was struck by a black Mercedes SUV turning from Parsons Boulevard in Flushing around 8:45 a.m., authorities said.
Church members poured out of St. Paul’s with a first-aid kit to help the victim, but it took first responders to unpin her from under the bulky vehicle, witnesses said.
Emergency workers rushed the senior to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens, where she’s listed in critical condition with head trauma.
She was in a crosswalk and had the light when she was struck, according to officials.
The 54-year-old motorist stayed at the scene and wasn’t immediately charged with a crime — but he was still distraught, particularly because he was on his way to set up for Mass at the same church the victim had just left, said the parish’s pastor.
“He is devastated,” said Father Joe Veneroso of the 20-year church elder, who name is being withheld by police because he hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing.
Veneroso described the victim as an Italian immigrant with whom he would often chat when she stopped by for a bagel and coffee after services.
“Today I think she left a little early, and then got hit,” said the priest. “I am so sad and sorry this happened.”
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