Elderly woman, 88, is killed after being run over by her own SUV as she tried to open her garage door manually
- Alba Mazza, 88, was killed after her car rolled over her in Brooklyn on Saturday
- The retired school teacher was trying to open her garage door manually
- She parked the car on an incline but the vehicle rolled down a slope, killing her
- Mazza was a musician, vocal coach, and elementary school teacher
By Leah Mcdonald For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:07 EST, 27 January 2019 | Updated: 17:20 EST, 27 January 2019
An elderly woman was killed after her car rolled over her as she was opening her garage door in Brooklyn.
Alba Mazza, 88, got out of her white Hyundai Kona around 5.45pm outside her garage at an apartment building on 96th St. in Bay Ridge, police said.
She then walked inside the garage to open the door manually from the inside but it is understood she didn't put the car in park.
Alba Mazza, 88, was killed in a freak accident in front of her Bay Ridge, Brooklyn home on Saturday
Mazza got out of her white Hyundai Kona around 5.45pm outside her garage at an apartment building on 96th St. in Bay Ridge, police said. She then walked inside the garage to open the door manually from the inside but it is understood she didn't put the car in park
Investigators examine the garage door where Mazza was killed during the freak accident
The vehicle then rolled down an incline into the garage and crashed through the garage door, pinned her against a wall and killed her.
She was pronounced dead a short time later at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn.
Mazza, a lifetime New Yorker, was a musician, vocal coach, and elementary school teacher, her daughter Lisa told New York Daily News.
'She taught music and she was loved by all. 'She was so active. I can’t believe it. All of a sudden, I hear this.'
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is looking into the accident.
Neighbors in the area where shocked at hearing the news as Mazza had lived in the Bay Ridge area for years.
Police officers (pictured) attend the scene of the incident at 96th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Joel Edelstein told NBC: 'Very freaky, I've never heard of anything like it. But again it's a steep incline, I've seen it, it's very steep.
'I do know that the garage does go on an incline, when I pass it I'm also very careful because sometimes they come pretty fast down because of the incline, they go a little faster.
'If that's true then it's very possible to get caught when you're going back.'
It is understood emergency services had to physically lift the SUV off the victim.
The garage door is now bent in half such was the impact of the collision.
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