Martha Atwater, an Emmy-winning writer for television, was killed when an out-of-control pickup truck slammed into her shortly after she left a Brooklyn Heights cafe on Friday night, February 22.
Cafe manager Alauddin Shipun said Atwater “just came in to buy cookies. She looked happy, she was smiling.”
“She walked out. I heard a big bang and she was gone,” Shipun added. “Someone was trying to lift her head up and asking her, ‘Are you okay? Are you okay?’”
Atwater was taken to Long Island College Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Thomas Wallack, Atwater’s husband, was “too distraught to speak” about the accident when approached, The NY Post reported.
The 53-year-old driver could have lost consciousness due to diabetes, according to an anonymous police source.
Unfortunately, freak accidents like this have happened frequently in recent history.
Earlier this month, Paul McMullen, tour manager for British band Fisherman’s Friends, died when a heavy steel door fell on him and singer Trevor Grills, who survived with a serious leg injury.
In January, a paparazzo was killed in an auto accident involving rapper Lil Twist, who was driving Justin Bieber’s car at the time.
The 48-year-old Atwater captured a writing Emmy in 2009 for her work on the children’s program WordWorld, according to her resume at IMDb.
As a producer, she received three consecutive Emmy nominations for her work on Clifford the Big Red Dog.