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Lynbrook woman, 50, killed crossing street Christmas Eve

A 50-year-old Lynbrook woman was killed on Christmas Eve when she was struck by a car while walking with her twin sister on Merrick Road near her home.

Margaret Tosner lived with her sister, Mary, in a house at 25 Washington Ave.

"It was an awful thing to happen," said her mother, Eleanor Tosner, who also lives in Lynbrook.

Her brother, Victor Tosner, 56, said his sisters had visited their mother and were returning home. He said they might have been crossing the street to go to a store to buy food for their six cats.

Police said Tosner was struck just after 6 p.m. Thursday by an 84-year-old man driving a Ford Taurus westbound on Merrick Road near Charles Street. She was pronounced dead at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside at 6:33 p.m.

The driver, who is also from Lynbrook, was not charged and was not injured.

The accident was still being investigated Friday.

Victor Tosner said his sisters were unmarried and had shared the same house for decades. He said that his sister occasionally did some odd jobs or cleaned houses, but neither of them worked regularly.

Robert Bergstrom, who rents a room in the sister's home, said Margaret Tosner was "a quiet girl, a nice girl. She didn't bother anybody . . . she loved cats. She loved animals."

Bergstrom said that he had planned to give her some cat food a few days ago, but that he never got a chance because he hadn't happened to see them.

Victor said his family is still coming to grips with the tragedy and said that it was "terrible" that it took place on Christmas Eve. Both sisters attended church regularly, he said.

Their church figured in another family tragedy seven years ago. In 2002, their aunt, Eileen Tosner, was shot to death in Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Lynbrook along with a priest, Rev. Lawrence M. Penzes, by a mental patient. The man, Peter Troy, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Funeral arrangements for Margaret Tosner have not been made.

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