After reading my blog, a man who convincingly identified himself as the victim’s nephew called me with thanks for my post on the hit-and-run accident that claimed his aunt’s life on the Upper West Side yesterday. He said he preferred not have his name published.
She was Margaret Fisher, a retired nurse originally from Nebraska., who was a graduate of Spencer/naper High School in Spencer, Neb., according to the nephew. Never married, she would have been a 1960 or 1965 graduate of the school.
Upon completing nursing school, she moved to New York City in the 1960s, according to the nephew. At the time of her death, I learned from a reporter who telephoned me to obtain the nephew’s contact information, she lived in her current apartment on the fourth floor of 127 W. 96th St.; that address is close to Whole Foods and within a short walk of three other supermarkets.
Ms. Fisher retired from her position as a head psychiatric nurse at Cornell Medical Center in the last few years, he said.
The nephew last saw her in June, and members of the family spoke to her on Thanksgiving, the day before she died.
The New York Post said Ms. Fisher was 67 and identified the driver of the Dodge Charger that killed her as Jessica Altruze, 24, who was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.
Witnesses were quoted in the New York Daily News as saying that the accident occurred around 3:15 p.m., when the victim was trying to cross 93rd Street and Columbus Avenue outside the pedestrian crosswalk. She was carrying groceries.
The vehicle that caused Ms. Fisher’s death was brought to a halt literally in front of my building at Amsterdam Avenue and 93rd St.
Noting that she had no relatives in New York, Fisher added that the family had little information and was relying on her close friends in Manhattan. Some of those friends were close enough for them to have traveled with Ms. Fisher on occasion, and the family was expecting to hear from at least one who was planning to enter the victim’s apartment today.
“What is so odd is that she was so independent,” Fisher remarked. As a result, the family knows little about any provisions she may have made concerning her passing, whether burial arrangements or a will.
A member of the United Methodist Church, Ms. Fisher was one of five children. She was the second youngest of them and is survived by four brothers.
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