White Plains hit-and-run victim laid to rest
Family and friends said goodbye Friday to the White Plains woman who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
Marie Bucci, 65, was taking a walk in her neighborhood Sunday when police say 37-year-old Sheldene Campbell struck her and drove off. Moments before, authorities say Campbell also hit and injured another woman who was walking her dog nearby.
Many people who filed into Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla to pay respects to Bucci say Campbell, who is said to be mentally ill, could have been stopped weeks before, after she nearly ran over a jogger in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. on Sept. 30.
Police arrested Campbell and found her 3-year-old daughter in the back seat without a seatbelt. They also learned that Campbell allegedly pushed her mother and her 10-year-old son out of the car. The boy was later found at a McDonald's restaurant in Old Tappan.
According to investigators, at the time of the accident Campbell was under the influence of a stimulant, a depressant and a narcotic.
Following her arrest, Campbell was taken to a New Jersey hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but she posted bail and was let out of jail.
Campbell is expected to be back in court next week, when her bail could be increased from $25,000 to $100,000 because of the charges she is facing in New Jersey.
Bucci was laid to rest at "Gate of Heaven" cemetery in Valhalla.