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Search Continues For White Plains Hit-And-Run Driver

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East Post Road In White Plains (credit: CBS 2)

East Post Road In White Plains (credit: CBS 2)

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBS 2) — A young man is clinging to life in White Plains Monday after a bizarre double hit-and-run.

One driver is in police custody, but police are looking for another who was behind the wheel of a very expensive car.

Surveillance video captured the first car fleeing the scene, which had moments earlier struck and critically injured 23-year-old Raul Rios.

“We know it’s a black Mercedes, a late-model Mercedes, and we ask that person to come forward, because eventually we’re going to find out who you are,” Public Safety Commissioner David Chong said.

Dave Bergen has known Rios for years – he coached him on the wrestling squad at White Plains High School.

“You just love him,” Bergen said. “He’s just a great, great guy. He’d do anything for you.”

 Early Sunday, Rios was crossing Post Road when the Mercedes struck him, sending him flying down the street. As two Good Samaritans rushed to his aid, police say a second car sped by, striking them.

“In essence, we had two hit-and-runs immediately, one right after the other,” Chong said.

Chong said within minutes, police had located the second driver. David Bautista, 22, has been charged with DWI and fleeing the scene of an accident.

The Good Samaritans were not seriously injured.

“These Good Samaritans, they were very brave, they’re great people,” Chong said. “They went out there to help a person that was down on the street.”

Rios is clinging to life with critical injuries as police search for the driver of the Mercedes that struck him.

“He’s got fractured legs, trauma to the head, and right now he’s in induced coma,” brother Anthony Rios said.

“Knowing that he’s a competitor, and knowing that he’s just a strong kid, and keeps himself in good shape, and that he gets through this tragedy,” White Plains wrestling coach Tony Iasiello said.

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