SUNSET PARK — The husband of the pregnant woman struck and killed by a snowplow last Thursday is struggling to bring relatives from Canada and China to attend her funeral, supporters said at a press conference Tuesday.
Min Lin, 36, was eight months pregnant when a snow plow operated by the owner of the Fei Long Market ran over her as she was loading groceries into the couple's car, police said. Doctors were able to deliver their baby boy, but not before the infant went without oxygen for 17 minutes, according to relatives.
The market owner, who neighbors said had a reputation for reckless driving, was issued three summons, two for faulty lights and one for not having a current inspection.
The husband, Jin Feng Lin, a restaurant worker, hopes that he can raise enough money through a crowdfunding website to bring relatives around the world for the memorial service.
Supporters are hosting a fundraiser for the funeral and travel expenses on Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pacificana restaurant at 813 55th St. in Borough Park.
Lin's uncle Xiaoyong Shi said that the boy's condition has not improved since last week.
Shi said that the family has not heard from the market's owner since the accident. They have not received an apology.
The uncle said that the husband has been speaking to a lawyer and is contemplating litigation against the business.
Politicians who attended the press conference urged the public to help out in the family's time of need.
"My deepest sympathies go out to the Lin family in mourning. Now it is time for us to come together as a community to support the Lin family while they cope with the loss of Min Lin," said council member Carlos Menchaca.