Elderly Couple Heading to Church Killed by Hit-and-Run

Thursday, Nov 26, 2009  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Elderly Couple Heading to Church Killed by Hit-and-Run

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Church leaders say they discussed traffic hazards with city officials just hours before an elderly couple were killed on their way to Mass on Staten Island.

      Allmir Lekperic was charged with leaving the scene of the Wednesday night accident.   He reportedly tried to cover his tracks by getting his sister to lie and say the vehicle was stolen, a source told the New York Post.

The victims, 78-year-old Peter S. Sabados and his 77-year-old wife, Lillian, were going to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. They carried canned goods for the poor, which were left scattered by the
crash.
    
The Rev. Pancrose Kalist says he and the parish school's principal met with two Department of Transportation officials about six hours before the tragedy.
    
DOT spokesman Seth Solomonow said Thursday that he could not immediately confirm that officials from the agency were at the meeting.
    
Kalist said a number of options were discussed. Parish leaders suggested a red-light camera.

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