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Woman Struck and Killed by SUV Steps from Her Jamaica Home, NYPD Says

By  Aidan Gardiner and Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | January 6, 2014 12:30pm | Updated on January 6, 2014 1:41pm

 Mosa Khatun, 38, was struck and killed in Jamaica Hills Sunday, police said.
Mosa Khatun, 38, was struck and killed in Jamaica Hills Sunday, police said.
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QUEENS — A woman died steps from her home when she was struck by an SUV in Jamaica Hills Sunday night, just two days after a cabbie died in another traffic accident in Richmond Hill, the NYPD said.

Mosa Khatun, 38, was on Highland Avenue when a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder Armada turned left onto 169th Street and hit her near the crosswalk there about 11:09 p.m., police said.

Khatun, a Bangladeshi immigrant who neighbors said worked at the airport, suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to Queens Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

The 20-year-old woman who was behind the wheel of the Nissan continued driving, but quickly returned to the scene, an NYPD spokesman said.

The driver was not arrested, but she was given two summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian and failing to exercise due care, the spokesman added.

Neighbors remembered Khatun as a "really nice and good-hearted person." "She was very kind," said Shoara, 17, who did not want her last name to be used. "She would cook traditional food and share it with us," she said.

Khatun, neighbors said, is survived by her husband and a daughter.

Sunday's Queens traffic death came on the heels of another accident in Richmond Hill on Friday, according to the NYPD.

Ved Wadhwa, 56, was driving his yellow cab south on 118th Street when he veered into two parked cars near 95th Avenue at 3:39 p.m., police said.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead, the NYPD said.

Wadhwa, who had been driving taxis since 1999, was the only person in the cab at the time, according to police and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

An NYPD spokeswoman didn't know why he swerved. 

Investigators didn't suspect that there was any criminality in that case, the NYPD said.