- Last Updated: 6:36 AM, June 1, 2012
- Posted: 2:11 AM, June 1, 2012
A schoolteacher was killed yesterday after an elderly driver’s foot slipped off the gas pedal as she tried to park outside a Brooklyn McDonald’s, sending her minivan crashing into the restaurant, a neighbor and police sources said.
The Nissan Quest’s 75-year-old driver lost control at about 1 p.m. and struck Phyllis Pitt outside the eatery on Flatbush Avenue near East 47th Street in Marine Park, the sources said.
The van then careened backward into the restaurant.
“It sounded like an explosion,” said Herman Morales, 48, an MTA bus driver. “Everybody was shaken up.”
Another witness said, “The woman was under the van.
“Someone was holding her head, trying to keep her calm.”
EMS crews pulled the vehicle off Pitt, 64, and rushed her to Beth Israel Brooklyn Hospital, where she died.
Pitt, who had taught in private and public schools, was pursuing a doctoral degree in education at Fordham, a Brooklyn neighbor said.
“She’s going to be sorely missed,” said Patrick Sullivan.
Police did not release the name of the driver.
She was interviewed by police inside the McDonald’s and was joined by family members who arrived at the scene.
Witnesses said the driver was “shaken up and trembling.”
Police do not suspect any criminality.