New York woman, 30, charged with murder ‘after driving SUV to man, 50, on sidewalk – but instead missed and killed a 70-year-old woman’
- Brooklyn’s wife, Layla Adredini, 30, is charged with murder and attempted murder after she punched Brenda Whidbee, 70, on Aug. 24
- Adredini was driving her Ford Explorer in Brownsville, where she reportedly tried to hit a 50-year-old male pedestrian on the sidewalk
- Whidbee was hit by Adredini’s vehicle after it jumped off the curb and died shortly after
- The 50-year-old man suffered only a minor injury
- Before the police arrived, Adredini apparently hid in a nearby building laughing as Whidbee’s family witnessed their grandmother’s passing.
- Whidbee was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital
- A memorial service was held for Whidbee, who was referred to as the ‘pillar’ of the neighborhood
A New York woman deliberately drove her SUV onto a Brooklyn sidewalk, killed a 70-year-old woman and laughed as her victim died, it is alleged.
Layla Adredini, 30, was driving her Ford Explorer in Brownsville near Thomas Boyland and Pacific Street around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 when she hit 70-year-old Brenda Whidbee sitting on the steps of her apartment building. Adredini was charged with murder on Wednesday.
A 50-year-old man, who has still not been identified, was also hit as a result of the crash, suffered only minor injuries and had left when police arrived.
Adredine allegedly drove the SUV to that man on purpose, only to miss her intended target and hit Whidbee instead.
Adredini reportedly tried to hide in the nearby building, but was caught by neighbors who then turned her over to the police, and allegedly laughed when Whidbee lay dying just steps away.
“She (Adredini) was sitting in the building smiling, laughing as this lady lay dying down here with her grandchildren outside, her daughter outside,” neighbor Joyce Harden said. News 12 Brooklyn.
“The lady (Whidbee) lay dying on the floor and her children were outside watching.”
Brenda Whidbee, 70, (above), was reportedly beaten and killed on Aug. 24 by Layla Adredini, 30, after being run over by her Ford Explorer on a Brooklyn sidewalk
A 50-year-old man who was also on the sidewalk at the time of the crash was suspected of being the target of Adredini’s alleged attack
Adredini jumped over the curb and hit Whidbee, who suffered serious head injuries, and the male pedestrian escaped with only minor injuries after the vehicle ran over his foot
She also reportedly showed no remorse for her actions and never took her foot off the accelerator before hitting Whidbee and the other man, who police say may have been Adredini’s original target.
Police have charged Adredini with murder and attempted murder after her arrest on Wednesday and is being held without bail. She also has nine previous arrest charges.
Whidbee was taken to Brookdale Hospital when emergency services arrived as she suffered severe head trauma. She was later pronounced dead in hospital. Her death was assessed as murder on Tuesday.
The man who was hit suffered only minor injuries after his foot was run over by Adredini, according to police.
Neighbors mourn the loss of Whidbee, whom they considered the “pillar” of the neighborhood.
A memorial service was held for Whidbee, where she died in the crash.
A memorial service was held at the scene of the incident for Whidbee, who has been dubbed the ‘pillar’ of the neighborhood
Whidbee was hit on the sidewalk between Thomas Boyland and Pacific Streets in Brownsville around 8:30 p.m.
The investigation is still ongoing as Adredini’s motive behind the alleged murder has yet to be determined.
NYC has seen similar incidents involving motorists in recent weeks.
Tyrik Mott, 28, was arrested Saturday after allegedly causing a fatal collision in Brooklyn that killed a three-month-old baby.
Mott drove in the wrong direction down a Clinton Hill street before crashing into another vehicle heading the opposite way and then hitting the girl and her family.
He was arraigned before the Brooklyn Criminal Court on Sunday on charges of attempted robbery, grand theft and resisting charges.
He was ordered to be held on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 partially secured bond.