Jessica Pistolese
Jessica Pistolese

A woman was arrested for reckless driving after a two-car crash that killed her 71-year-old mother in Brookhaven on Saturday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.

Jessica Pistolese was driving a Chevy Malibu westbound on Montauk Highway, when her vehicle struck a Chrysler 300 that was making a left turn onto the roadway from Horseblock Road shortly before 4 p.m., police said.

Pistolese’s mother, Judith Rivera, of East Patchogue, was in the front passenger seat and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pistolese, 38, and the other driver, 51-year-old Aide Marichal, both of Mastic, were treated and released from Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for non-life threatening injuries.

Pistolese was charged with reckless driving. She is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 4. Vehicular Crimes Unit detectives are continuing the investigation.


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