Five months after a Long Island grandmother was killed walking home, an
insurance company demanded that her shattered family pay more than $6,000
— to repair the car that mowed her down.
“I was shocked,” said the grieving daughter of 70-year-old
Anna Cedeno after her mother was fatally struck by a 2012 BMW on a Westbury
road in April.
Cedeno, a retired seamstress who emigrated from Ecuador in the early 70s,
had beaten stomach cancer six years ago and was enjoying her new lease
on life by cooking and spending time with her four grandkids, said the
Cedeno went to the Costco store in Westbury on April 2 to buy calcium supplements
and a $5 rotisserie chicken, her daughter said.
At 8 p.m., the grandmother left the store and began walking across Old
Country Road toward a bus stop.
But before she got there, she was struck in the westbound lane by a BMW
driven by 57-year-old physical therapist Sherrie Glasser-Mayrsohn, a police
report said. Cedeno was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died two
“She wasn’t just my mom, she was my best friend,” Monica
Glasser-Mayrsohn was not issued a citation by cops, who noted on the report
that Cedeno was “not crossing in a crosswalk” or at a traffic
light. Glasser-Mayrsohn did not return a call seeking comment.
After the accident, Monica hired a lawyer,
Daniel Flanzig, to sue Glasser-Mayrsohn for negligence, claiming the driver could have
avoided the accident by paying more attention to the road.
Flanzig could even file the suit, he received a letter from Glasser-Mayrsohn’s
“Our investigation shows that your client was responsible for the
accident,” the letter said. “We now look forward to your client’s
estate for payment of the damages to our policyholder’s vehicle.”
The letter specified the damages to the Beemer at $6,245.09.
Flanzig said he was “absolutely stunned.”
“It just shows a lack of sympathy for the death of this woman’s
mother,” the lawyer said.
He noted that insurers of drivers do not routinely seek to collect damages
from fatal and non-fatal accident victims — even if the victim was
responsible for the accident.
On Friday, a Post reporter asked PURE’s president about the letter.
Hours later, the insurer dropped its collection effort, issuing a statement
that said in part:
“Our sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of Ms. Cedeno
. . . s a company policy, as well as due to the extremely sensitive nature
of this tragedy, we are reluctant to go into great detail about the circumstances
of an open claim. We can confirm it would not be our policy to pursue
recovery of damages in a case like this.“We acknowledge that a letter
was written and sent by an otherwise excellent claims professional. .
. that created the impression that reimbursement would be pursued even
if there was no applicable insurance. This runs counter to our position,
and [the claims professional] should not have written the letter.’’