Her 16-year-old daughter, Jenna, was taken to the same hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
On a day set aside to honor mothers, a woman sacrificed her own life to protect her 16-year-old daughter from being ran over by an out-of-control-car.
An 80-year-old woman, Ann Riolo, had parked her auto nearby while she went to the bakery, according to authorities.
Police say Riolo thought she had put the vehicle in drive, but it was still in reverse when she hit the gas and started speeding backward and jumped the curb. "She saved her life, without a doubt".
Diane Aluska, 55, of Lindenhurst, was pronounced dead at a hospital after she was struck by a auto in Lindenhurst on Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, and pinned under the vehicle, Suffolk police said.
Diane Aluska, 55, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Diane died at the hospital and her daughter was listed in stable condition.
Aluska put her hand on her daughter's shoulder to try and get her out of the way, and Jenna avoided the worst impact of the crash.
He added that his wife, who had survived breast cancer, "lived her life for her daughter".
CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff spoke exclusively with Diane Aluska's husband and Jenna's father, Kenneth Aluska.
"She had thought that she put it in drive".
Jenna Aluska was still hospitalized Monday after spinal surgery.
The Corolla was impounded and it was unknown if the driver would face charges, according to New York Post. I had to wait until after her surgery.
Police say the incident "appears to be non-criminal" and "just a awful accident".
"She didn't know until an hour ago", he said. "This appears to be non-criminal, a tragic accident", Murphy told the New York Post.
Where Mother's Day is a holiday intended for rejoicing, Jenna and her family will certainly be grieving.
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