BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — An elderly woman was walking her dog when she was struck and killed by a vehicle backing out of a driveway Thursday afternoon, Brighton Police Chief David Catholdi said.

The chief said officers responded to the area of Oakdale Drive and Mayflower Drive around 12:45 p.m.

Catholdi said Madeline Schreiber, 83, was out walking her dog in the road when she was struck by a vehicle backing out of a residential driveway.

According to the chief, the driver is cooperating in the investigation, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor, and the incident appears accidental in nature.

“We’ve spoken with the driver, we have the striking vehicle, drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor,” Catholdi said. “It just appears to be a tragic, tragic accident.”

Investigators identified the driver involved as 40-year-old Linda Petrosino of Brighton. She was ticketed for Unsafe Backing and will appear at Brighton Town Court at a later date.

The police chief said officers are in the process of notifying family of the victim who also live in the area. He urged motorists to use caution when backing up out of driveways, especially with snow piles at the end of driveways that can reduce visibility.

“Please, please use caution,” Catholdi said. “Take the extra second. If you have a backup camera, wipe it off and take your time to potentially avoid a tragedy like the one we saw today.”

The Catholdi said for pedestrians to make sure they are noticeable. “I would stress to anybody that’s out walking, wear bright-colored clothing, you’re not the only people out here walking, there are cars coming and going out of driveways, you have cars passing on what could be narrower roads — you gotta keep your head on a swivel. Be a good pedestrian, see and be seen,” he said.

Barb Zappia jogs often in the neighborhood. Like the police chief, she is urging caution for all pedestrians out and about in winter. “It’s hard you have to pay attention the sidewalks are dangerous; we do sometimes run in the streets but we try to have bright clothing, I have a flashing vest when I run in the morning if it’s dark out but you just have to pay attention all the time,” she says.


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