NEW YORK – A speeding, out-of-control car driven by a naked woman fatally struck a pedestrian and collided with another vehicle before sailing over a fence and landing in a shopping center parking lot, authorities said Thursday.
The driver, Taliyah Taylor, 24, of Staten Island, was pulled out of the car by police following the 10:50 p.m. incident Wednesday, said William Smith Jr., a spokesman for the Staten Island district attorney's office.
She was awaiting arraignment Thursday at Staten Island Criminal Court on charges of second-degree manslaughter and driving while impaired by drugs. The court was trying to find her a lawyer, Smith said.
Taylor's Nissan Maxima struck Larry Simon, as he was crossing the street to meet his brothers at the Chic-n-Bones bar, said Smith.
The car kept going and collided with a Toyota Avalon, causing minor injuries to its occupants, police said. The collision launched the Nissan over a six-foot fence and into the shopping center's parking lot.
Simon, 41, of Staten Island, was hurled into the air and his legs were severed from the impact with the car, said Smith. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Taylor was not hurt.