Two Queens women killed in separate hit-and-runs

A sign inside a 7-11 shop on Hillside Avenue asks anyone with information about the hit-and-run crash that killed Sheena Mathew to call the police. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Two Queens mothers were killed in separate hit-and-run incidents in the borough Wednesday night.

Just before 6 p.m., 38-year-old Sheena Mathew was hit by a car traveling east as she was crossing at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and Little Neck Parkway just a few blocks from her Floral Park home, according to the police.

The car fled the scene and Mathew was taken to North Shore University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Mathew was married with two young children and an active member of the St. Gregorio’s Malankara church in New Hyde Park. Friends and loved ones planned a candlelight memorial for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the intersection where she died.

About an hour later Maria Beria, 30, was hit outside her South Jamaica home as she was getting into her car to give her sister a lift to their parents’ house.

Beria, a mother of three, had walked across 111th Avenue near 147th Street to her car when a white vehicle heading west struck her and then left the scene, police said.

She was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the police.

Police were investigating both incidents and no arrests had been made.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

Posted 2:26 pm, December 27, 2012
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Beria from Ny says:
We will miss u
Dec. 29, 2012, 1:22 pm
Savi from Queens says:
If anyone can help in maria's case, please come forward. This was senseless and now her kids and husband are suffering. She was a bubbly person that didn't deserve such cruelty. May God rest your soul Maria, and bring forward the person that did this.
Dec. 29, 2012, 4:16 pm
Mike from Queens says:
I know Maria from family. Though i wasn't close to her i feel really sorry. I never thought a person so nice could have her life taken away by stupid people. I am so sorry to hear he family is suffering and seeing the picture made me sad to know that her children are so young. I pray for her family and may she rest in peace. I can't believe these people at least stop and look at the damage you have caused to this family. I guess you are never safe.
Jan. 4, 2013, 9:44 am
Jaimie from Queens says:
Rest in Peace Maria and Sheena.My thoughts and heart goes to their families
Feb. 28, 2013, 12:22 pm
Delmarys Beria from Queens says:
It's been a year now since Maria Beria died and no one didn't come forward I hope where ever this person is I hope he or she don't live in peace. Karma is a —— what ever you do I hope they will pay for it right here.!
Jan. 12, 2014, 11:32 pm

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