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Neuza Diniz, a native of Brazil, speaks little English, has been missing since Monday.
Neuza Diniz, a native of Brazil, speaks little English, has been missing since Monday. Photo Credit: Contributed

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A beloved Bedford and Somers nanny who was reported missing by friends after she didn't return home on Monday, Nov. 7, was struck and killed by a truck on E. 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan as she crossed a street, according to an NYPD spokesman.

Although NYPD officials would not confirm the nanny's name, local Bedford police said in fact the woman struck was Neuza Diniz, 68, of Newark said Bedford Police Lt. Tom Diebold.

Diniz was first reported missing by her friend Carla Cerquiera who turned in a missing person's report to the Newark Police when she failed to return home from her job as a nanny in Bedford on Monday.

One of her employers, Roseann Rutherford of Bedford, said that Diniz was like a family member and was distraught by the news of her death.

"She was just a lovely person and really like part of the family," Rutherford said.

According to police, while several police departments were looking for the missing nanny, she was already dead, hit around 8:10 p.m. Monday as she crossed mid-block near Fifth Avenue after eating at a McDonald's, said an NYPD spokesman.

Diniz's son, who arrived from Brazil early Friday morning to help search for his mother, instead learned of her death.

"Her friends are with him," said Rutherford. "It's just so sad."

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