Yesterday morning around 5:20 a.m., a woman on her way to work was fatally struck by a driver on Flatbush Avenue at St. Mark's Avenue. The driver, off-duty corrections officer Damon Padmore, was arrested for driving with a suspended license; other charges against him are pending.
According to the Daily News, Padmore, headed to his 7 a.m. shift at Sing Sing prison, "plowed his SUV into Dorothea Wallace as she was walking to Macy's in downtown Brooklyn, where she was a merchandise manager." He said that he didn't see the 38-year-old woman, who later died at Methodist Hospital. Wallace's mother said that her daughter's death was "harder" knowing that Padmore's license had been suspended.
Padmore's mother reportedly said her son lives in Ossining, but spends time in Brooklyn caring for her. She told NY1, "I'm sick and I'm trying not to cry and I'm trying not to get a heart attack. That's why my sister and my neighbors are around me. She could tell you about my son. I could call my neighbor because I don't want nobody to think I'm lying. That is my bright and shining star." She also told the News, "We don't know whose fault it was. I hope they don't make my child look like a villain."