NYPD Investigates Witness Claim That Cop Was on Phone When She Struck Pedestrian

Felix Coss was hit by the van crossing Broadway in Williamsburg on Saturday

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    Police are investigating whether a police officer was on her cell phone when she was driving a van that hit and killed a beloved 61-year-old Spanish teacher in Brooklyn. Marc Santia has more.

    Police are investigating whether a police officer was on her cell phone when she was driving a van that hit and killed a beloved 61-year-old Spanish teacher in Brooklyn.

    NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Tuesday that a witness came forward claiming that the officer was on the phone when the van hit Felix Coss near the intersection of Hooper Street and Broadway in Williamsburg at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials have said Coss had the right of way.

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Internal Affairs was investigating.

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    Police have not identified the officer. She hasn't been suspended or placed on modified duty, officials said. 

    Anthony Coss told NBC 4 New York on Tuesday that he wanted justice for his brother.

    "If there was negligence, then she should be pulled out ... there's no reason why a person like that is driving around," Anthony Coss said.

    Coss was killed the day after his birthday, relatives said Tuesday. His visitation is scheduled for Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. 

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