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Driver Pleads Not Guilty In S.I. Grandmother's Hit-And-Run Death

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The man accused of mowing down a Staten Island grandmother appeared in court Wednesday.

Brian McGurk, 40, pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of an accident.

While he didn't speak to reporters after the hearing, his attorney made a statement expressing his sympathy to the family of Clara Almazo, 52.

Police say he hit and killed Almazo as she walked home from Holy Thursday Mass with her grandson in West Brighton.

McGurk's attorney says the incident was a tragic accident and insists his client did the right thing.

"My client appeared at the precinct to report that he had some kind of accident with his car," said McGurk's attorney, Matthew Zuntag. "Furthermore, it was less than three hours as the media has been reporting. It is important to realize here that Brian did do the right thing. He went to the precinct as soon as he was physically able to do so. He did not hide from the authorities."

Wednesday's hearing comes a day after Almazo's family and friends gathered for her funeral alongside Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

McGurk is due back in court in June.

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