A mother of two lost her life over the weekend after a man driving a stolen car plowed into the car she was riding inside of, causing a deadly chain reaction.
Christine Dahlstrom, 32, was killed in a car accident in Staten Island on Saturday evening, the New York Police Department confirmed to Oxygen.com. Officers with the 123rd Precinct responded to a 911 call reporting a car collision at around 8 p.m., Detective Denise Moroney, a spokesperson for The Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information said. Upon their arrival, they found Dahlstrom, who was a passenger in the car that was struck, lying on the ground outside of the car. She was unresponsive, and upon the arrival of Emergency Medical Services, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car that Dahlstrom was riding in, a 35-year-old male whose name was not released, was transported to Staten Island University Hospital North and is currently in stable condition, officials said.
The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad found that Dahlstrom and the unidentified male driver were struck by an unnamed male driving a 2018 Lexus SUV west on an eastbound lane, and Dahlstrom was thrown from the vehicle when they were struck, officials told Oxygen.com. The driver of the Lexus then hit a parked car with no one inside, causing that car to collide with another unoccupied vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene on foot, and has not yet been apprehended.
The Lexus the suspect was driving had been reported stolen prior to the fatal crash, according to the New York Daily News.
Dahlstrom was riding in the car that night with her boyfriend, who was behind the wheel when they were struck; she leaves behind her two young daughters, the Daily News reports. Her parents, who were in Florida when they received news of their daughter’s death, returned to the area immediately and are seeking justice for their family.
“If you have an ounce of decency in you, turn yourself in,” the victim’s mother, Theresa Dahlstrom, said to the man responsible for her daughter's death. “You took away our beautiful daughter and our granddaughters’ beautiful mother.”
Dahlstrom was employed at the Specs for Less eyeglass store, the Daily News reports. Her friends and family describe her as a “very friendly, very bubbly” woman who “made everybody smile and laugh.”
“Everyone is just in shock from this loss,” Theresa Dahlstrom told the outlet.
Authorities have confirmed to Oxygen.com that the investigation into the crash that took Dahlstrom’s life is ongoing.
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