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Greek-American Driver Arrested after Crash That Killed a Mother in Astoria

ASTORIA – The NYPD announced that the driver in a fatal car crash has been arrested a month after the accident near Astoria Park took the life of a 38-year-old pedestrian, Patch reported on June 9.

Greek-American Panagiota Arvanitopoulos, 73, was arrested on June 8 and charged with “failure to yield the right of way and failure to exercise due care, police said,” Patch reported, adding that “Arvanitopoulos lives just a few blocks away from the site of the crash, at 21st Street and Astoria Park South.”

“Karina Larino, a mother of one and a longtime MTA bus worker, was crossing 21st Street around 10 PM on May 6 when she was struck by Arvanitopoulos, who was turning a Honda Element SUV onto 21st,” Patch reported, noting that “Larino was found with trauma to the head and body” and “was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, but could not be saved.”

Larino “lived just steps away, on 21st Street,” Patch reported, adding that “Arvanitopoulos stayed at the scene and was not initially charged, as police claimed Larino had been crossing outside the crosswalk.”

“At the time of her death, Larino was an assistant stock worker at the MTA’s LaGuardia Depot in Jackson Heights, according to the Transport Workers Union, which said she had worked for the agency since 2005,” Patch reported.

“She was loved and respected by all, and will be sorely missed,” the union said in a statement, Patch reported.

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