Diane Aluska, a mother of three, died this past Mother’s Day after saving her daughter’s life. After seeing a car backing up rapidly towards her and her 16-year-old daughter Jenna, she was able to get Jenna out of harm’s way at the cost of her own life.
“There is no doubt she saved her daughter’s life,” Suffolk County Police Detective Sergeant James Murphy told the New York Post about the actions that the heroic mother took part in to save her loved one.
Aluska and her daughter had participated in mass and were walking out of a bakery in Lindenhurst, Long Island, when 80-year-old driver Ann Riolo mistakenly backed her car up towards them on the sidewalk.
When Riolo accidently backed up, Aluska grabbed her daughter to get her out of the way. Unfortunately, Aluska took the worst impact of the crash. Sadly, Aluska died, and the car clipped her daughter.
After backing up towards the pair, the car jumped on the sidewalk and crashed into a local fire department building.
“She thought that she had put it in drive,” Sergeant Murphy told reporters about Riolo’s actions. “This appears to be non-criminal, a tragic accident.”
Joe Biggs, a witness at the scene, told CBS news that he saw Aluska “sacrifice herself to try and save her own daughter so that was pretty heartfelt.”
Both women were taken to a local hospital, the Good Samaritan Hospital, and treated for their injuries, where Aluska later died. According to police, Jenna remains in stable condition.
Late Sunday evening, Kenneth Aluska, Jenna’s father, told the New York Post that his daughter did not know her mother had been killed.
He told the paper that he and his son would have to notify Jenna during a hospital visit in the coming days.
In terms of the investigation, Riolo’s Toyota Corolla had been impounded. This was done in order to run safety tests on it to determine if something was wrong with the vehicle itself.
Riolo sustained minor injuries and was treated at the same hospital as the family, and was released shortly after. It is not clear if she will be criminally charged.
At this time, the community of Babylon, New York, where this devastating tragedy took place, are mourning the loss of Aluska.
“Our Town of Babylon family is heartbroken as we mourn the death of Diane Aluska who was tragically killed this morning,” Rich Schaffer, Babylon Town Supervisor said in a statement.
Schaffer also said that Aluska was a valued member of the Town Clerk’s office. He said that she was always a dedicated and compassionate individual with a big smile.