Mom dies on Mother’s Day pushing teen daughter out of the way of oncoming car in NY

LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say a mother was struck and killed by a car after pushing her 16-year-old daughter out of the way of the oncoming vehicle.

Suffolk County police say 55-year-old Diane Aluska, of Lindenhurst, New York, was on the sidewalk with her daughter around 9 a.m. Sunday when a driver backing out of a parking spot reversed onto the walkway. The car hit the pedestrians and continued into the Lindenhurst Fire Department.

Aluska was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Her daughter was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, as was the driver of the car. Authorities identified her as Ann Riolo, 80, of Lindenhurst.

Det. Sgt. James Murphy says the mother’s actions saved her daughter’s life.

Authorities impounded the car for a safety check. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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