Brentwood Hit-and-run Driver Kills Woman, 81

A hit-and-run driver killed an 81-year-old pedestrian in Brentwood on Thursday morning, Suffolk County police said.

Maria Carmelina Arroba Gavilanez was walking on Ferris Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene near the corner of O’Rourke Street at 7:15 a.m., police said.

The vehicle, which investigators believe is light in color, was last seen fleeing eastbound on O’Rourke Street.

Gavilanez, who is from Ecuador and visiting family in Brentwood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Major Case Unit detectives ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6555 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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