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Meadowbrook Parkway accident victim was newlywed, had 3 children, attorney says

New York State Police investigate a vehicle that

New York State Police investigate a vehicle that overturned Tuesday, March 18, 2014, killing the driver along the Meadowbrook State Parkway between Exit M5, Route 24, and Exit M3, Stewart Avenue. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Roosevelt woman killed in a single-car rollover accident on the Meadowbrook Parkway in East Garden City on Tuesday morning was a mother of three who had recently gotten married, her attorney said Wednesday.

Danielle Tippin, 24, who was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center Tuesday morning, grew up in several foster homes on Long Island, and moved frequently, said her attorney Robert Zuflacht, of Carle Place.

"She had a very difficult life," said Zuflacht. "The ironic thing was she was just coming into her own. That's the tragedy of it."

Tippin was on her way to Mineola for court hearing for a parole violation with her husband at the time of the accident, her attorney said. Her husband, the passenger in the vehicle, was not seriously injured.

Zuflacht declined to detail her criminal record, but said his client was "on a favorable path. I was confident she would have been restored to probation."

A spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney's office said Tippin was scheduled to appear before Nassau District Court Judge Erica Prager because she had violated probation.

According to online court records, Tippin in 2012 faced a felony charge of criminal contempt and misdemeanor charges of making a false written statement and falsely reporting an incident.

She pleaded guilty to the criminal contempt charge in May 2013, records show. Her sentence is unclear, but records show she was accused of violating probation in January.

Zuflacht said he only knew Tippin four or five months, but in that time, she had worked very hard to fix her legal woes.

"She was trying to do the right thing," said Zuflacht. "She was straightening herself out. The sad thing was she was working to turn her life around."

Tippin's front-seat passenger, whom the lawyer identified as her husband, Yesser Vanegas, 22, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Vanegas, of Copiague, was wearing his seat belt, police said. Tippin was not wearing a seat belt in the crash that occurred at 9:44 a.m. on the northbound parkway near Exit M3, the Merchants Concourse. Venegas could not be reached Wednesday for comment. Tippin lost control of her Ford Explorer, causing it to roll over on the center median, police said, and she was ejected from the vehicle.

A State Police spokesman did not respond to a message Wednesday seeking an update on the crash investigation.

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