A 66-year-old crossing guard was hit and killed by a 14-wheeler on Long Island on Friday morning, witnesses and police said.
Hempstead crossing guard Virginia Carol Leviner — who was affectionately refered to as Miss Carol — was on the side of the road was on the side of the road when she was hit by the Mack truck as it was making a turn onto South Franklin Street, according to authorities.
Leviner worked as a crossing guard for 28 years. She was a mother of three, with seven grandkids, who was also a lung cancer survivor.
Witnesses told NBC 4 new York that she ran into the street with a stop sign and signaled for the truck to stop, but its driver either didn’t see it or ignored it.
Her family says she saved a child who was crossing the street and didn't see the truck. Leviner pushed a child to safety before she was hit herself.
"This is devastating news for me today because Carol crossed me for many years," said Arlene Foskey, one of many of in the village whose lives were touched by Leviner.
Police said that the fatality appears to be a horrible accident. No arrests have been made.