Dr. Jeanne A. Petrek, a leading breast cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, died Monday after she was struck by a vehicle while walking to work. She was 57.
Petrek was crossing a Manhattan intersection about 10 a.m. when the van-style vehicle called an ambulette hit her. Driver Sonia Delgado-Baretto, who was not responding to an emergency, was trying to make a left turn, said police, who ticketed her for failing to yield.
Eight workers lifted the vehicle off the trapped Petrek, who then underwent hours of surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital before she died.
Petrek was a surgeon who had been at Memorial Sloan-Kettering for 20 years and won acclaim for her work, which focused on patients' quality of life. She was nearing completion of a 10-year study that examined such issues, including the safety of pregnancy for women who had experienced breast cancer.