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

By Marc Santia and Shimon Prokupecz
|  Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:34 PM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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