Shannon Cocozza, who allegedly struck, killed Staten Island baby, charged: cops

The driver who allegedly fatally struck a toddler and injured her mom in Staten Island has been arrested and charged with moving violations, cops said Friday. 

Shannon Cocozza, 40, was charged later Thursday with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care in connection to the 7 a.m. crash that killed 20-month-old Lian Mashni and injured her 31-year-old mom, police said. 

The mother and young daughter were crossing at the corner of Scarboro Avenue and Abbott Street in Rosebank when they were hit by a white Jeep, police said. 

Heart-wrenching video obtained by The Post shows the SUV suddenly turning a corner and careening into the mom and daughter as they crossed the street.

Police at the scene of the 7 a.m. crash.
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An unidentified woman at the crash site.
An unidentified woman at the crash site.
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The two were violently knocked to the ground, the footage shows.

The mother is shown screaming in agony as the driver stops and comes to her aid — moments before others hear her cries and run over to help.

The baby was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North where she was initially listed in critical condition, but later succumbed to her injuries, cops said. 

While the infant girl was pronounced dead at the hospital, the mother was not seriously harmed.
While the infant girl was pronounced dead at the hospital, the mother was not seriously harmed.
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The victims were allegedly struck when Cocozza failed to yield.
The victims were allegedly struck when Cocozza failed to yield.
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The 31-year-old mother was also hospitalized in stable condition, with injuries to her legs.

Investigators cited by CBS New York said that a parked commercial vehicle may have blocked Cocozza’s view of the mother and daughter — but police officials were unable to confirm that detail Friday.  

“I went to the lady,” witness Francies Gracia told the network. “She told me it wasn’t her fault. It wasn’t her fault because there was a truck in the way when she made that turn, she couldn’t see, and she hit the lady with the baby.”