Driver Struck Couple On Stoop And Then Bailed From SUV

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police in Brooklyn were searching Monday for a hit-and-run driver who jumped a curb and struck a middle-aged couple on their front stoop.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, police have a pretty good lead on who the driver is.

The accident happened on Sunday afternoon at the corner of Dumont Avenue and Hinsdale Street in Brooklyn.

The couple named Chavez had been sitting on the stoop together outside their East New York home, when a gold sport-utility vehicle came speeding down the street, right through a wrought iron fence and into the couple.

Neighbors heard the crash, which left the man and woman seriously injured.

“I just heard the crash and the scream,” said neighbor Sonny Lee.

“I heard like a boom – that’s it, and I came down,” added neighbor Juan Rodriguez.

After the accident, the driver left the SUV and ran off, police said.

“I just heard the crash and ran out to the car; (there was) screaming,” said neighbor Ida Scott. “The car was already in yard. They looked bad.”

Rodriguez ran down from a window.

“And I looked at his leg, and he told me, ‘Yo, Juan, he break my leg, he break my leg,’” Rodriguez said. “When I look at him, his leg was hanging.”

The two were taken to Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. The man was left in critical condition, while the woman was in stable condition, officials said.

Neighbors said the driver of the SUV was not the owner. They said the owner, who showed up, indicated the vehicle was taken out for a test drive by a mechanic.

“There was a mechanic behind the wheel,” Scott said.

“I really hope they catch this man, because that did not deserve to happen,” another neighbor said.

The driver may be on the run, but it did not seem Monday like it would take very long for police to make progress in the investigation.

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