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article imageCar driven by Secret Service agent hits and kills NYC woman

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By Leigh Goessl     May 4, 2012 in World
Brooklyn - Yesterday an undercover Secret Service agent was involved in an accident that hit a New York woman. The mother of five has died from the injuries sustained from being hit by the car.
The accident occurred on Thurs. at 4:48 p.m. ET and involved a secret service undercover agent driving a black Chevrolet Impala in the intersection Atlantic Ave. at Ralph Ave. in Ocean Hill.
According to the New York Daily News, the undercover agent was on the job when the vehicle hit a woman who was crossing the busy intersection with her 12-year-old daughter and 19-year-old nephew.
The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Maria Tripp of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The victim was reportedly going to pick up her granddaughter at daycare and, as reported by the News and the New York Post, had been crossing against the traffic light. The trio had been trying to cross when they'd "spotted the vehicle heading west and [was] trying to make it across Ralph Ave. before the light changed," reported The News. The nephew saw the car, and pulled his cousin out of the way, but Tripp was not able to get out of the path of the car.
One witness, who preferred not to be identified, told The News “They were just crossing the street and the mother got hit. She went up like 50 feet in the air." The witness also said the woman was not moving and unconscious.
When police arrived on the scene, Tripp was found to have sustained trauma to her head and body.
“I saw her body on the sidewalk,” Lisa Jones, 61, a nurse’s assistant, told The News, describing the horrific accident. Jones said the driver “got out, stood over her and said, ‘I’m on the job, I’m on the job.'"
A Secret Service spokesman has confirmed the man driving the Impala was an employee who was on duty at the time of the accident. Agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said the agent was not assigned to a security detail at the time of the accident.
"They were crossing the street, a speeder, a car came by speeding. She didn't know which way to move, which happens to anybody sometimes," said Alan Taylor, the victim's brother, told NY1. "She got hit. The fellow she was with grabbed the two kids and got them to safety." It was not clear in the report if the brother was witness to the accident.
At this time the agent driving the car has not been identified by police, the reason cited as being his undercover work. The agent had remained on the scene at the time of the accident and is reportedly cooperating with authorities.
The investigation is ongoing, reported NBC News New York.
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