Driver Sought In Deadly Hit-And-Run Accident In Hempstead

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are hunting for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a teenager in Hempstead earlier this week.

During a birthday celebration Tuesday evening, 16-year-old Oscar Veliz decided to ride his bicycle across Clinton Street in Hempstead to retrieve a sweater at home. At 7:20 p.m., he was struck by a vehicle and thrown from his bike.

As the teen lay critically injured, the suspect sped away from the scene with the bicycle wedged under the car.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera with the grief-stricken family

“The car that hit him — the guy was swerving a little bit,” Nesly Geffra said. “A piece of the bike I could still see was attached to the car and then I seen a wheel across the street.”

Veliz was a junior at Hempstead High School, an athlete who loved math and was respected by teachers and many friends.

“Everybody just admired his freckles, his smile, his willing to just dance on the spot, no reason, crack a joke,” brother Carlos Veliz told CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

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Hit-and-run victim Oscar Veliz in undated photo (credit: Handout)

Witness Vondell Jemison said Veliz was nearly hit by two cars.

“The first car just missed and then the second car took him off the road and that was it,” Jemison said.

Carlos found him lying in the street.

“Seeing the cops, I didn’t think it was going to be my brother. I was just rushing to the scene trying to be nosy,” he said. “When I got there a lady was like, ‘A Spanish kid got hit…those are his shoes over there on the street.’ When I saw them, his red shoes, I couldn’t believe it.”

Oscar Veliz was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Thursday night.

The two brothers had been inseparable. Carlos, who’s in college, said their mother, Yolany, instilled honesty and integrity, to live their lives with the highest values and morals.

“It hurts that someone could just do this and leave like that. Especially to him,” Carlos Veliz said.

Police are appealing for help from the public in tracking down the hit-and-run driver — who is believed to be a 20-year-old man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The driver was last seen traveling eastbound on Jackson Avenue behind the wheel of a gold or tan 1998 Toyota Camry.

Recently Oscar signed on through a school club to become an organ donor. The Veliz family is praying that even in death Oscar will help save others.

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Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle similar to the 1998 Toyota Camry seen in the poster. (credit: handout)

Anyone with information is being asked to call 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or a member of the Homicide Squad at 516-573-7788.

Please leave a comment below…

  • tom

    its not right to say that about someone , noone deserves to die , and u guys r blaming him for being killed , how would u feel if u were the mother/father , brother , sister etc. of this child?

  • christine

    You are obviously all pathetic immature morons. I hope you remember what you said about this kid when it IS someone close to you that gets killed. And I will no longer be reading up on this so have fun with your jack*** comments.

    • nicky

      “when it IS someone close to you that gets killed”

      Nope. We don’t raise them stupid.

  • Professional Troll

    How is the bicycle?

  • christine

    Your a loser Rikki !!! He was 16 and a KID!! Did you have the best judgement when you were 16? Probably not considering you just said something really stupid! It was an accident, but if the driver wasnt drunk, or on the phone or texting when it happened it would have stayed an accident, but he left and now it’s murder! I hope the person gets caught and spend the rest of their life in prison where they belong for leaving a kid in the street to die. I wonder if you would say the same thing if it were your family member or friend.

    • DanTe

      “best judgement”? Nope. But than my parents, like any other parents, taught me how to cross the streets. So are you saying the parents here are failures? Or are you saying the punk was just too stupid to know how to cross the street? Or did he just suddenly break out into a jiggly? (“just dance on the spot, no reason”)

  • rikki

    Yeah im sorry he dead…but when a car almost miissed him you have to start to blame the kid



    the driver should have jumped out of his car yelling at the kid how dumb are you?

    “The first car just missed and then the second car took him off the road and that was it,” Jemison said.

    • DanTe

      I totally agree. The Facts are Facts. Just because this jerk off is 16 does not negate the fact that he biked against traffic and cause damage to some poor guy’s car.

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