Long Island Dog Dies In Hit-And-Run Caught On Camera

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A shocking hit-and-run caught on camera leaves a Long Island family’s dog dead.

CBS2’s Steve Langford reports Marie del Papa of Levittown is on a desperate search to find the driver.

Surveillance video shows the moment her pet dachshund is struck and killed by a Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The minivan decelerated and then took off.

Police are seeking information of the person behind the wheel of the minivan.

“To tell you the truth, I thought the police would just take the report and forget about me, but they didn’t,” del Papa said.

Posters have been put up and down Center Lane in Levittown in hopes of identifying the minivan that ran over Peanut.

The full video shows the little dog, on an extended leash, wandering just beyond the sidewalk and driveway on to the street.

“It made a thump and I heard the thump. I’m sure the driver heard the thump, too,” del Papa said.

Neighbors have offered comfort and support, as del Papa and her family mourn the loss of Peanut, who is now buried at an undisclosed location.

“I mean, it’s heartbreaking and I think whoever was driving that car should step up and say, ‘I did it, I’m sorry I left,’” neighbor Phil DeCicco said.

The Nassau County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

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