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Suying Du Killed by Staten Island Motorist; NYPD: No Criminality Suspected

The woman who was killed by a motorist in Staten Island on Saturday has been identified by NYPD as Suying Du, 56.

Police told the Advance that Du was crossing Victory Boulevard at Christopher Lane against the light when she was struck in the right-hand westbound lane by the driver of a Subaru Outback. The driver of a minivan, in the left-hand westbound lane of Victory Boulevard, had stopped to let Du cross, according to witnesses.

A passenger in another vehicle told the Advance that Du was thrown some 15 feet into the air upon impact. The Advance reported that the windshield of the Subaru was cracked after the crash.

The posted speed limit on Victory Boulevard in the vicinity of Christopher Lane is 30 mph.

"She just came out of nowhere. I didn't even see her," said the driver, as quoted by the Advance.

Du was declared dead on arrival at Richmond University Medical Center, according to DNAinfo.

The crash occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. A police source indicated to the Daily News that the driver may not have seen Du because she was wearing dark clothing.

The status of the NYPD investigation has not changed since Sunday, when police issued the standard "No criminality suspected, investigation ongoing" statement.

This fatal crash occurred in the 122nd Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Joseph B. Veneziano, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 122nd Precinct council meetings happen at 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the precinct, 2320 Hylan Boulevard. Call 718-667-2292 for more information.

The City Council district where Suying Du was killed is represented by Minority Leader James Oddo, an enemy of bike lanes who has supported neighborhood slow zones while also stating that "drivable roads" for Staten Island motorists are his primary concern. To encourage Oddo to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7159, joddo@council.nyc.gov or @HeyNowJO.

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