NEW YORK (AP) – A speeding, out-of-control car driven by a naked woman fatally struck a pedestrian and collided with another vehicle before sailing over a fence and landing in a shopping center parking lot, authorities said Thursday.

The driver, Taliyah Taylor, 24, of Staten Island, was pulled out of the car by police following the 10:50 p.m. Wednesday incident, said William Smith Jr., a spokesman for the Staten Island district attorney’s office.

Taylor, who apparently was high on ecstasy and marijuana when she crashed, faced manslaughter charges and was being held without bail, police said.

Taylor, while being led out of a building by police, denied any wrongdoing. “I didn’t do nothing,” she said.

Taylor’s Nissan Maxima struck Larry Simon as he was crossing the street.

He was on the way to meet his brothers at the Chic-n-Bones bar, Smith said.

The car kept going and collided with a Toyota Avalon, causing minor injuries to its occupants, police said. The collision launched the Nissan over a 6-foot fence and into the shopping center’s parking lot.

Simon, 41, of Staten Island, was hurled into the air, and his legs were severed from the impact with the car, Smith said. Simon, who worked as an assistant district attorney in the borough from 1997 to 2000, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Taylor was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. She’s due back in court Tuesday.


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