Cops: Massapequa mom hit on bicycle dies

Nassau County Police investigate the scene in Massapequa Nassau County Police investigate the scene in Massapequa where a woman on her bicycle was struck by a car on Unqua Road. (March 8, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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The Massapequa mother who was struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday as she bicycled near her children's elementary school has died of her injuries, Nassau County police said Tuesday.

Now Ellen Meany's husband, Tom, says his focus is their three children.

"I'm just concerned about my children," Tom Meany said Tuesday night. "That's my concern now."

Ellen Meany, 45, died Monday at 6:45 p.m. She had been reported in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Nassau University Medical Center, officials said.

She incurred serious head injuries in the accident at 11:35 a.m. Thursday near Unqua Elementary School, about a half-mile from her home.

Tom Meany said his wife enjoyed bicycling, and took the opportunity while her children were in school to go bicycling on that clear, warm day last week.

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"She was a dedicated homemaker, dedicated to the children," Meany said.

She was riding south, against traffic, on Unqua Road near Morris Lane, police said, when she accidentally banged into the mirror of a parked car and fell off her bike.

Police said she landed in the roadway and was then hit by what appeared to be an older model, teal-colored Ford Taurus.

The driver left the scene without stopping to report the accident, police said.

Meany said his wife, who grew up in Wantagh, was a graduate of Wantagh High School.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Pat Scanlon of Wantagh; a son, Sean, 11; two daughters, Kelly, 9, and Casey, 7; and a brother, Michael Scanlon of Babylon.

Meany, who was awaiting the arrival of a priest at his home Tuesday night, said that he is not thinking about the hit-and-run driver right now. He is leaving that task to the authorities.

Detectives, who are continuing their investigation into the accident, asked that anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477.

Services are Wednesday 7-9 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Massapequa Funeral Homes on Merrick Road in Massapequa Park. Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of Lima in Massapequa, and burial at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

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