Mom dies saving daughter from out-of-control car on Mother's Day


"The auto just clipped her 16-year-old daughter Jenna".

Tragedy struck the Aluska family on Mother's Day in Lindenhurst, N.Y., when an 80-year-old woman, who had backed up her auto and thought she put the vehicle in drive, jumped a curb and pinned 55-year-old Diane Aluska against a wall, killing her.

Police said the incident "appears to be non-criminal" and "just a bad accident". Suffolk County police Detective Sgt. James Murphy said the senior citizen who was leaving the parking lot at a local bakery thought she had put her auto into drive mode but had place it in reverse instead. Her daughter and the 80-year-old driver were hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries.

"Diane Aluska ... put her hand on her daughter's shoulder and attempted to push her out of the way", Murphy said. Sgt. James Murphy said of Diane Aluska, 55, who was later pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital. Jenna was also taken to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

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While Jenna and her siblings will obviously always miss their mother, they can live out the rest of their lives knowing how much they were loved.

CBS2's Carolyn Gusoff spoke exclusively with Diane Aluska's husband and Jenna's father, Kenneth Aluska.

"She didn't know until an hour ago", he said. When she hit the gas, it lurched backwards, almost missed some parked cars and headed directly towards the women walking. Jenna and Riolo suffered only non-life-threatening injuries, but Aluska died. However, police said the crash appeared to be accidental so no one has been charged. According to the girl's father, Kenneth Aluska, he and his son were tasked with having to relay the disgusting news. I knew she wasn't going to... survive.

The church confirmed Monday that the mother and daughter pair were at the mass Sunday but were not immediately available to comment further on what happened that morning.