A Queens activist, Patricia Dolan, who fought for pedestrian safety, was killed when she was struck by a car Tuesday night, after stepping off a bus. She had planned to attend a committee meeting on transportation.
The 72-year-old was president of Queens Civic Congress. She was hit while crossing Hillside Ave at 198th St. around 7:35 p.m. , according to the Daily News. She was taken away in an ambulance to Jamaica hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Irony of ironies--she took public transportation to a transportation meeting and gets hit by a car, said Norma Stegmaier, a friend of Dolan, according to the New York Times. Dolan and Stegmaier lived a block apart from each in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. Dolan was also the head of the Kew Gardens Civic Association and became a cofounder for the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy.
Her true love was being a civic leader and working for her community and cause, said Stegmaier. She fought for her community and never asked something for herself. She gave her all.
The driver was a 57-year-old woman who did not flee the scene. Police are investigating the accident, but no criminal charges are thought to be filed.
City officials lauded Dolan and expressed their condolences at her death.
Christine Quinn called her a one of the city's greatest civic leaders. Comptroller John Liu remarked that Dolan was fearless in standing up for what she believed in.
Pat dedicated her life to Queens, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said in a statement. She was the epitome of a civic leader.