An Italian jazz singer was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street in Manhattan late last night. Daniela D'Ercole, 32, was struck by a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer SUV minutes before midnight, and pronounced dead on arrival at St. Luke’s hospital.
D'Ercole was walking across Broadway and 106th Street when she was hit; no charges have been filed against the driver so far. D'Ercole, born and raised in Italy, had just performed last month at Queens restaurant Papazzio, and in Montclair, NJ, at the Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant.
According to her website, D'Ercole began her career when she sang on an Italian TV program at age seven; she said that as she developed, she was greatly influenced by American-style music, including gospel, musicals and Big Band-era songs. In a 2006 interview, Italian pop artist Mario Rosini called her "a splendid interpreter, one of the best testimonies of this genre.”
You can listen to songs from her first album "The Peacocks" here, and more clips of her music below: