A Queens nurse had a “weird feeling” that the ice she struck on her way to work was actually a person, but never went to the cops — even after her elderly victim died in her hospital, prosecutors said Thursday.
Geum Min, 58, is accused of slamming into 77-year-old Jum Sim Yim on Parsons Blvd. and 32nd Ave. just after 7 a.m. Wednesday. She’s charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Yim, who lived two blocks away, was walking home from church when Min’s 2016 Toyota Corolla hit her, then dragged her 193 feet, prosecutors said.
Min, who works at nearby Flushing Hospital, kept driving, then clocked in at her job, authorities said.
Woman, 77, killed by hit-and-run driver on Queens street
Medics rushed Yim to that same hospital, where she died.
When police arrested Min at home Thursday, she told detectives she thought she hit a chunk of ice, prosecutors said.
“I got to work and heard about a pedestrian who was coming into the emergency room. I then learned that the pedestrian was hit on Parsons Blvd. and 32nd Ave.,” she said, according to a criminal complaint. “I remembered the bump and the thing that got stuck under my car. I had a weird feeling all day that it might have been the pedestrian.”
Min said she told a colleague, and wondered if she should go to the police, but the co-worker said she was “probably overreacting.”
“After work I drove home and told my husband about the car, the pedestrian and my weird feeling,” she said, according to the complaint.
Min was granted supervised release. Her lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.
Friends of Yim’s family raised $1,300 on a GoFundMe drive on Thursday. Donations will go toward her funeral, the site indicated.
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