Family of Queens mom Florence Ngwu, killed in Mother’s Day hit-and-run, need help sending body to Nigeria

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Family of Queens mom Florence Ngwu, killed in Mother's Day hit-and-run, need help sending body to Nigeria

The family of the Queens mom-of-four who was crushed to death between two parked cars in a hit-and-run crash on Mother’s Day is trying to send her body to her native Nigeria for a burial, her niece told The Post.

Florence Ngwu, 49 — who died after she sustained horrific injuries when an out-of-control stolen truck slammed into a car outside of her home — is set to be laid to rest next month in a funeral in her birthplace of Enugu, Nigeria, her niece, 29-year-old Nnenna B., said Thursday.

Nnenna launched an online fundraiser Wednesday, seeking to collect between $35,000 and $50,000 to cover the family’s expenses associated with shipping her aunt’s body back to her home country,

“This will allow the rest of the family members to get their chance to also say their final goodbye,” the description reads.

Speaking to The Post by phone, Nnenna said Florence has a large family back home, including her three surviving siblings, and a massive turnout is expected at her funeral.

So far, the campaign has drawn more than $30,000 in donations from nearly 900 people.

Police said Monday they have identified a “person of interest” in connection with Ngwu’s death, but no arrests have been announced as of Thursday morning.

The family of Queens mother-of-four Florence Ngwu, who died in a hit-and-run crash on Mother's Day, are asking for donations to help send her body back to her native Nigeria.
The family of Queens mother-of-four Florence Ngwu, who died in a hit-and-run crash on Mother’s Day, are asking for donations to help send her body back to her native Nigeria.
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Florence will be laid to rest in her birthplace of Enugu, Nigeria next month.
Florence will be laid to rest in her birthplace of Enugu, Nigeria next month.
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Nnenna told The Post that if given the chance to speak to the person responsible for her aunt’s death, “the first thing I would ask is ‘Why?’ How could you be so cruel? How could you be so evil?”

The niece speculated that the hit-and-run driver perhaps did not even realize the impact of his actions until later.

“How can you bear the guilt and be so cowardly?” she wondered aloud.

The crash took place at around 8:30 am Sunday, after Florence had just come home from working a double shift as a nurse at Silvercrest Nursing Home when they heard a loud noise, her daughter, Princess Ngwu, wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“I took a peek through the window and noticed a pickup truck had crashed into my brand new car that my parents had just gifted me for graduating from medical school,” Princess recounted.

Florence was struck on the morning of Mother's Day after she returned from a nursing shift at Silvercrest Nursing Home.
Florence was struck on the morning of Mother’s Day after she returned from a nursing shift at Silvercrest Nursing Home.

The mother and daughter ran outside to assess the damage, and at that moment Princess said they realized “the lunatic driver” was trying to flee the scene.

“We tried to get him to stop but our efforts were going nowhere so we turned to walk away,” Princess recalled. “In the blink of an eye, the pick up truck zooms at us causing us all to fall as we tried to get out of harms way.

“I got up and turned around to see the most horrific scene of me life – my mom crushed in between two parked cars.”

The driver fled the scene after hitting the Queens mother.
The driver fled the scene after hitting the Queens mother.

Shocking cellphone video obtained by The Post captured the hit-and-run and its aftermath, with Princess Ngwu screaming “Mommy! Mommy!”

Nnenna, Florence’s niece, told The Post she broke down in tears when she first watched the gut-wrenching video. She said the thing that struck her the most was how fast everything happened.

“You almost don’t even catch it,” she said. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. Just absolute disbelief.”

Florence passed away at the hospital the next day after the hit-and-run crash.
Florence passed away at the hospital the next day after the hit-and-run crash.
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Princess wrote on the fundraiser’s page she called out to her mom several times as her father tried to push one of the cars off the mortally injured woman.

Princess said both she and her father “knew right then and there that she was gone.”

According to the daughter, Florence was revived in the ambulance on the ride to the hospital, and then twice more on the operating table, but she never regained consciousness.

Family and friends of Florence grieving outside of her Jamaica, Queens home.
Family and friends of Florence grieving outside of her Jamaica, Queens home.
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Doctors later told the family that they were unable to stop the bleeding and said that it was now up to her husband to decide whether or not to keep her on life support.

“My dad said ‘My wife is a fighter, we will keep her on for 20 years if we have to. We won’t give up until she gives up,’” Princess wrote.

At around 8:30 am the next day, the family received a call from the hospital, saying that Florence’s heart had stopped and she could not be revived.

The family's fundraiser has raised over $30,000 so far for the funeral.
The family’s fundraiser has raised over $30,000 so far for the funeral.
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“My mom lost her battle,” the daughter said. “I never in a million years imagined a life where she’d unexpectedly leave us so soon.”

Princess said that she is grappling with the realization that Florence will never get to see her children graduate from college, get married or have children, while her father will have to live out the rest of his days “without the love of his life.”

Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton

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