'I lost the best part of me': Family mourns woman killed by hit-and-run driver

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HEMPSTEAD -

Adverse Benjamin says he wouldn't wish the pain of losing his wife of 19 years to a hit-and-run driver "on the devil."

"I lost the best part of me," he says of Maureen Benjamin, a home health aide who celebrated her 56th birthday last week.

Police say Maureen Benjamin was at Westbury Boulevard and Commander Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Monday when she was struck by unknown vehicle. She got off a bus at the intersection and was walking the roughly three blocks to her home.

Kayla Benjamin, a freshman at Kellenberg High School, says she last spoke to her mother less than 10 minutes before she was hit.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this point.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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