The grieving mother of a 16-year-old girl murdered by MS-13 gang members, whom President Trump later honored at the 2018 State of the Union address, was fatally struck by an SUV Friday in Long Island near her daughter’s memorial site after getting into an altercation with the driver.
Evelyn Rodriguez, 50, was set to attend a vigil marking the two-year anniversary of her daughter’s death when the driver struck her around 4:00 p.m. in Brentwood, New York.
Her daughter, Kayla Cuevas, was found dead in September 2016 in a woodland area of Long Island known for incidents of MS-13 violence.
Rodriguez and another person were in the street engaged in a heated verbal confrontation with the driver of the SUV before the vehicle hit her, police told the Associated Press. Rodriguez was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The driver was not immediately arrested, but Suffolk County police are continuing to investigate the incident, authorities said.