2004-02-19 / Front Page


By Charles Rogers

By Charles Rogers

A bizarre accident on Ralph Avenue in the Georgetown section last Monday took the life of a beloved Canarsie grandmother when a rock dislodged from a dump truck’s tires and crashed through the windshield of the car in which she was riding.

Credo Veira, 78, was traveling south on Ralph Avenue near the Duane Reade Pharmacy at about 11 a.m. in their Toyota Camry with her husband, Aubrey, 81, on their way to Kings Plaza when a large dump truck that had just dropped off a load of gravel at a construction site came by heading north, police said. A rock, said to be slightly larger than a softball, that had been apparently wedged between the left rear wheels of the 18-wheeler, came loose and popped out "like a missile," witnesses said. The rock arched diagonally across the street, where it shattered the windshield of the Toyota on the passenger side. In an instant it smashed into the elderly woman’s face and chin.

Her husband immediately pulled the car to the side of the road and cradled his wife’s head in his arms. Witnesses tried to help and emergency service paramedics rushed the woman to Kings County Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m., officials said.

Police said the driver of the truck was badly shaken by the freak accident. He told the Daily News that he "noticed a projectile fly up" in his rear view mirror and stopped immediately. Sources said the driver, whose name was not released, was not charged in the accident.

Mrs. Veira was retired from Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where she worked as an emergency room nurse for 30 years, according to published reports. She leaves 11 children and more than 20 grandchildren.

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